Hospitals' beds open for service
ALL beds closed as part of industrial action at the Tweed Hospital and the Murwillumbah District Hospital were re-opened yesterday.
The break in the One2Four Bed Closure Action Plan comes after the New South Wales Government made an offer concerning staffing levels to the New South Wales Nurses’ Association (NSWNA).
The association said industrial action could not take place while negotiations continue.
All non-emergency surgeries and services were resumed and the Tweed and Murwillumbah hospitals endeavoured to be back in full operation by yesterday afternoon.
In a statement, NSW Health said it believed significant progress was made in productive conciliation with the NSWNA before the Industrial Relations Commission.
“A fair and reasonable proposal has now been put to the association aimed at achieving a full resolution of the association’s claims,” the statement said.
“If accepted, the proposal will lead to a substantial increase in the number of nurses employed in NSW’s public hospitals, as well as a pay rise for all nurses.
“NSW Health has consistently stated its willingness to continue in conciliation with the NSW Nurses’ Association and the halt to their industrial action means discussions can now resume.”
Association Tweed Heads branch president Zoe Guinea and Murwillumbah branch president Sharon Lesleighter will travel to Sydney on Tuesday to join the committee of delegates in discussing the offer.
“The government is coming back to the negotiating table,” Ms Guinea said.
“We began opening beds at 7am and we were hoping to have everything opened again by the afternoon.
“We are very pleased that we have the chance to negotiate. This has been a very difficult and stressful time.”
The Tweed Hospital and the Murwillumbah District Hospital began closing one in four beds on Monday.
All emergency and time-critical services were maintained during the implementation of the One2Four Bed Closure Action Plan.
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