Shadow Minister for Health Ryan Park and Campbelltown MP Greg Warren have warned staffing levels in Campbelltown Hospital’s maternity services sector is compromising staff and patient welfare.
Mr Warren recently met with members of the Nurses and Midwives Association over the grossly inadequate number of staff.
The Birth Rate Plus tool was adopted by the State Government to assess the workforce required in a maternity service.
Using the Birth Rate Plus tool, Campbelltown Hospital’s maternity services need 119.85 full time equivalent staff.
However, currently there is a 37.57 FTE vacancy.
Mr Park and Mr Warren acknowledged the state government had promised to provide an extra 22 midwives, but they warned the number was still significantly inadequate and well below the acceptable bench mark.
“Labor has heard from the community about serious concerns for Campbelltown Hospital including the maternity services. Concerns have come from the nurses and midwives and the mothers who have delivered their babies at this hospital,” Mr Park said.
“Our dedicated doctors, nurses and allied health workers work tirelessly under enormous pressure and they need to be listened to. They need to be provided with sufficient support and resources to allow them to deliver the best possible health care to patients.
“The Berejiklian Government lurches from one disaster to another on health but Labor will always stand up for proper resourcing of our hospitals.”
Mr Warren added: “The number of full time equivalent positions required under the Birth Rate Plus model is a bench mark – it’s not up for negotiation.”
“The welfare of staff and patients will continue to be compromised until the right number of staff are not employed within Campbelltown Hospital’s maternity services sector.
“Whether it’s in the emergency department, mental health units or maternity services sector, this Government continually short changes Campbelltown Hospital in terms of required staffing numbers.”