Nurses and midwives protest at Liverpool Hospital

Nurses will protest at a Sydney hospital for demanding pandemic payments amid warnings of a mass burnout of healthcare professionals.

Nurses and midwives demand pandemic payments and better working conditions to prevent a mass burnout of hospital staff.

The NSW Nurses and Midwives Association has voted to condemn the state government’s pandemic handling, and workers are planning a protest outside Liverpool Hospital in Sydney on Thursday.

“Long before the pandemic, NSW nurses and midwives worked understaffed and unsupported,” said NSWNMA Acting Secretary-General Shaye Candish.

“This peak has been due to our members working too much overtime to keep the hospitals running and the staff burning out.”

Candish said health workers were at a breaking point and that the possibility of burning out workers would make the state vulnerable to the next coronavirus wave.

The NSWNMA has supported calls for a Covid-19 reimbursement payment for staff and for nurses and midwives to have access to special leave when testing positive for the disease.

“It should never have come to this,” said Mrs. Candish.

“For years, nurses and midwives have been urging the NSW government to increase staff to solve systemic problems.

“The premiere should step in immediately and commit to staff improvements through safer nurse-to-patient relationships to ensure we have more resilience in our healthcare system in the future.”

NSW Health has been contacted for comment.

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