September 8, 2016  |  

Constituency Question – Nurse to Patient Ratios

My constituency question is for the Minister for Health, and I ask: what has the Andrews government done to protect the ratio of nurses and midwives to patients, and what effect will this have on my constituents in the electorate of Niddrie, many of whom value the work of Cyril Jewell House in Keilor East? This service has 45 beds, including 15 designated for young residents with high‑care multiple sclerosis and neurological disorders. These public facilities have nurse‑to‑patient ratios to ensure quality care — ratios which do not necessarily exist in the private sector. My community values nurses and midwives because they play an absolutely critical role in our community. I look forward to hearing from the minister on how she is also committed to improving care and services in our health system. By enshrining nurse‑to‑patient ratios in law, the health and safety of patients will no longer be exploited in enterprise bargaining agreement negotiations. My residents and I also work and live near Western Health. This is a massive investment in our local community for a service which I and my many constituents use.