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Federal funding promised for hospitals while State Government initiate pay freeze for nurses

The Batemans Bay branch of the NSW Nurses and Midwives' Association (NSWNMA) are holding a rally next Tuesday 2nd June 2020 @10am in the open area next to Starfish Deli.

A branch spokesperson told The Beagle "Our aim is to find community support and tell the state government to stop the wages freeze of public sector workers. Our local nurses are shocked and angered over this proposal." Dr Michael Holland posted today that:

"The Berejiklian government has dumped its controversial plan to redevelop ANZ Stadium and will redirect the $800 million saving to a new $3 billion Infrastructure and Job Acceleration Fund for "shovel-ready" projects to reboot the state's shattered economy." SMH 31/5/20 FAIR CRACK OF THE WHIP!

The Member for Bega, Andrew Constance presented a petition of 3000 signatures to parliament in Novemeber 2018 requesting the Minister for Health improve accident and emergency, critical care, and perioperative services in the Eurobodalla Shire by funding and upgrading the existing infrastructure and workforce.

Dr Holland says "In October 2017 - the Minister for Health says it's "full steam ahead" on improvements to Moruya Hospital and development of a new level 4 hospital for the Eurobodalla

"In October 2018 - the Premier says "let's get cracking" on the development of a new level 4 hospital for the Eurobodalla." "October 2019 - zilch "October 2020? "OUR SHOVELS ARE READY!" In a media release issued on 29 May 2020 by the Prime Minister and Minister for Health the pair said : "Public hospitals across the country will have record funding for the next five years after all states and territories signed onto the new health reform agreement.This record funding agreement will deliver more doctors, more nurses and more services across public hospitals in every state and territory."

"This commitment ensures the Australian health system remains stable and nationally coordinated, particularly throughout this unprecedented time.Overall, the Commonwealth will invest an estimated $131.4 billion in demand driven public hospital funding to improve health outcomes for all Australians and ensure the sustainability of our health system now and into the future" This guarantee is critical to ensuring state and territory governments can continue to deliver safe and effective public hospital services for all Australians, especially when all Australian governments are working to respond to the COVID‑19 pandemic.

"The new Agreement also includes a commitment by all Australian governments to a shared long-term vision for health reform, at a time when shared investment and coordination in health has never been more important."

"The reforms aim to make it easier to provide flexible, high-quality care that meets the needs and preferences of Australians, and reduces pressure on hospitals."

"The Australian Government funding contribution for public hospital services in New South Wales is estimated to grow substantially to an estimated $40.1 billion over the next five years, delivering an additional $9.3 billion in funding." The announcement, whilst sending out a positive message about infrastructure builds and support flies in the face of the NSW Government's wage freeze to the entire NSW public sector of almost 410,000 workers, temporarily saving about $3 billion and their slow response to the proposed Eurobodalla Regional Hospital that has been drawn out by what appears to be Ministerial inaction. NSW Nurses and Midwives' Association (NSWNMA) General Secretary Brett Holmes said healthcare workers have sacrificed enough already.

"Month after month, nurses and midwives have showed up for their shifts, helped tackle the worst pandemic our health system has ever seen and kept our community safe," "The middle of a pandemic is hardly the time to be asking frontline nurses and midwives to suck it up, show up for their shifts and do even more for less."

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