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--Nursing News Abroad---Union: Nursing shortage affecting patient care

Posted Thu Sep 20, 2007 9:50am AEST
Updated Thu Sep 20, 2007 10:02am AEST

The Australian Nursing Federation is warning the quality of patient care in Western Australia's public hospitals is in danger of declining due to a massive shortage of nurses

The Federation's State Secretary Mark Olson says new figures show the public health system is short by 1,070 nurses.

Mr Olson says Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital is one of the worst affected, down 110 nurses.

He says the care of premature babies in King Edward Memorial Hospital and Princess Margaret Hospital is also suffering significantly due to the shortage.

"We face the very real risk that in an area like the special care nursery we may have to transfer patients to Adelaide because we simply won't be able to provide the service in Western Australia and what a shocking situation that would be," he said.

SOURCE: Read more in ABC News

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