By Gail Burke

Posted December 01, 2015 20:53:03

The Queensland Government has moved to make certain there are always sufficient nurses to care for individuals in the state’s public hospitals.

It has introduced legislation to Parliament that would need public sector overall health facilities to provide one nurse or midwife for each four patients throughout the day, and a single nurse to every single seven patients overnight.

About 250 further nurses will require to be recruited to meet the ratios, at a cost of nearly $ 26 million.

Health Minister Cameron Dick said the amendments to the Hospital and Wellness Boards Act 2011 had been an election commitment.

“For patients it’s component of our broader commitment to ensuring that our public hospitals give protected quality healthcare and the very best possibly outcomes,” he stated.

“For our nurses and midwives this legislation will empower them to deliver secure nursing and midwifery services.”

The ratios will be introduced in stages across Queensland from July 1, 2016.

Mr Dick praised the Queensland Nurses’ Union for assisting create the legislation.

“I thank them and say simply because of you we will have a better technique of well being in Queensland that will be safer for individuals,” he mentioned.

Mr Dick said Hospital and Health Solutions would be responsible for meeting the ratios, and would meet the price from existing sources.

The Government will evaluation the ratios soon after a year to determine their effectiveness.

‘We are heading back to the negative old days’

But the State Opposition said the legislation was a dud deal for Queenslanders and the Palaszczuk Government was bowing down to union bosses by introducing the mandate.

It stated the Government has not explained how it came up with the ratio or offered any information to prove it would be effective.

“What we’ve observed from the Wellness Minister is a policy based on union boss demands not actual, clinical evidence,” the Opposition’s overall health spokesman Mark McArdle stated.

“Below Minister Dick we are heading back to the undesirable old days of wellness beneath Labor, central command and handle by Brisbane bureaucrats and regional issues falling on deaf ears.”

A parliamentary committee will examine the laws, and they will then be debated and voted on in Parliament next year.

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