Trish Doyle rallies for registered nurses in aged care homes

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MP for Blue Mountains, Trish Doyle, pictured with deputy opposition leader Linda Burney, led a parliamentary debate on keeping registered nurses in aged care homes 24/7.Blue Mountains MP Trish Doyle has rallied for registered nurses during a debate in Parliament last week.
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Ms Doyle called on the Liberal government to enshrine in law the requirement for aged care facilities and nursing homes to roster registered nurses 24 hours a day, seven days a week in every NSW facility.

Ms Doyle said she had been fighting alongside the nurses for a number of years and “it isn’t over”, handing over a petition with more than 27,000 names to the parliament in June.

“I will not let up on this until the Health Minister can guarantee aged care residents will receive quality, round the clock care from a registered nurse.”

But Health Minister Jillian Skinner told the Gazette “no decision has been made by the NSW government to change the legislative requirement for registered nurses in nursing homes” and an inquiry wasn’t expected to report back until the end of next month”.

Nursing activists from the Mountains including Shirley Ross-Shuley, Jocelyn Hoffman, Annette Peters, Peter Buckney and Louise Stammers were in the gallery to hear the debate.

They had earlier campaigned in a rally outside Macquarie Street.

Debate on the issue in the legislative assembly was not extended as government members refused leave to allow those on the speaking list to contribute to the discussion, Ms Doyle said.

“The Baird government wants to tell us on the one hand that they support nursing staff and patients, but when it came to the crunch they used procedural rules in the legislative chamber to guillotine the debate while Labor MPs were on their feet ready to speak to the issue,” she said.

“Just because the Baird government’s prepared to gag debate does not mean that this issue will go away. The sheer number of signatories to the petition is testimony to the importance of this issue in the public’s view.

However Mrs Skinner said the debate “was conducted under standing orders – two Labor MPs spoke, as did two Liberal MPs and one Greens MP”.

The Legislative Council is conducting an inquiry into registered nurses in NSW nursing homes with a final report due on October 30.

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