ACT Budget / Money used to hire more nurses

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The ACT government will commit $ 50.1 million over four years to hire more than 90 nurses and midwives in the territory’s health services.

The funds will be committed as part of the upcoming ACT 2021-2022 budget, which is expected to be released on October 6.

An increase in the number of nurses and midwives aims to meet a mandate of nurses or midwives referred to patients, depending on the clinical setting with the first phase of ratios agreed with the Australian Federation of Nurses and midwives to focus on general medicine, general surgery, elderly care and the adult mental health unit.

ACT Health Minister Rachel Stephen-Smith said implementing the ratios ensures there will be more staff on the ward to provide care and ensures an increased skill mix on every shift. work to provide the best possible care to patients in the public health system.

Recruitment for the additional positions will begin later this year.

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