MP calls for more nurses at Bundaberg Hospital

MEMBER for Bundaberg Leanne Donaldson has called for more nurses to be deployed at Bundaberg Hospital as part of the State Government's investment of $212.3 million over four years to boost overall nursing numbers in Queensland.

Leanne Donaldson said that 400 experienced nurses will be employed across the state to help patients to navigate the health system, and she will be putting the case to Health Minister Cameron Dick for more nurses in Bundaberg.

Ms Donaldson said that the government had yet to decide the specific allocation of nurses to each area under the plan, but said nursing staff in the Bundaberg Hospital "had been run down under the Liberal National Party when Lawrence Springborg was Health Minister".

"This is a start on putting back what Lawrence Springborg took away," Ms Donaldson said. 

"Nurses in Bundaberg tell me that they are being stretched too thinly as a result of Lawrence Springborg's cuts, and ultimately, that's going to put patient safety at risk.

"That's not a good health outcome for people at the Bundaberg base hospital, and it's not a good outcome for our hard-working nurses as well."

Ms Donaldson said the Palaszczuk Government's plan to legislate for nurse:patient ratios meant that future governments could not cut back the nursing workforce without either breaking the law or changing legislation.

She said that if the nurse-patient ratio at Bundaberg Hospital did not meet this standard, then more nurses would be allocated where they are needed.

"Queensland will be one of the few places in the world where nurse-patient ratios are guaranteed, and that's going to flow down to the number of nurses at Bundaberg base hospital," Ms Donaldson said.

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