The full Health Policy Position Statement can be viewed here.
Labor’s win at the State election 2022 offers new hope for health
The ANMF (SA Branch) looks forward to working with the new Labor Government to help bring about the changes needed to bolster the health system, for the benefit of nurses, midwives and care workers, and also for the better health and wellbeing of the community at large.
Labor gave detailed commitments on each of the key health policy position statement asks of the ANMF (SA Branch).
They committed to legislate for ratios, they promised and budgeted for additional beds (300 of them) and capacity, and they vowed to end privatisation and assure public ownership.
In addition, Labor committed to 350 extra paramedics and ambulance officers, 300 extra nurses and 100 extra doctors.
Already, the Labor Government has committed to legislate nurse to patient ratios across state hospitals during its first term in government, they have officially scrapped the building of the $662 million basketball stadium and committed that money to health, with approximately $78m being immediately made available and details of how the remainder will be spent to be announced as part of Labor’s first budget later in the year.
Labor says an extra 24 intensive care beds at the RAH are being readied for use for next month’s expected surge of COVID cases.
The Premier has abolished the COVID Ready Committee and replaced it with the Emergency Management Council and introduced significant changes to South Australia’s COVID restrictions which aligns us further with other States and Territories in Australia.
Mr Malinauskas has also confirmed new “KPIs” for Labor’s pledge to recruit 300 more nurses, 100 more doctors and 350 more ambos.
By June 30 next year, the State Government hopes to have 24 more doctors, 100 nurses and 99 ambos online “over and above attrition”, The Advertiser reports.
Launching a new local, interstate and overseas health recruitment drive on Tuesday, Mr Malinauskas said the 300 nurses would be mainly people coming through as recent graduates.
The ANMF (SA Branch) will continue to advocate for nurses, midwives and carers to the new Government. We applaud their commitments to health and believe they will go a long way to addressing the needs of the health system. However, we will also monitor developments very closely and hold the Labor Party to account to deliver their pre-election promises.