ANMF Reiterates Call For Action Plan As Government Drops Winter Demand Strategy

30 May 2019

The Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (SA Branch) has again spoken out publicly to call for a “coherent plan” from the State Government after it was announced the winter demand strategy would be dropped in lieu of a raft of ‘new’ measures to ease pressure on metropolitan hospitals.

The measures announced yesterday include many already-announced initiatives that are, pleasingly, largely based on ANMF (SA Branch) recommendations to the Minister at the 28 September stakeholder crisis meeting last year to help ease unprecedented levels of demand on Adelaide’s public hospitals.

While any moves to alleviate demand on hospitals are welcomed, ANMF (SA Branch) CEO/Secretary Adj Associate Professor Elizabeth Dabars AM told the media that yesterday’s announcement from the State Government “does appear to be propaganda, rather than a plan.”

“We really do need, as a system and as a community, a coherent plan that addresses accountability and timeframes [for action],” Ms Dabars said. View the media coverage here.

The ANMF (SA Branch) will be meeting with the Minister in the next two weeks to further reiterate our long-held call for a plan, which clearly outlines:

  • the strategies and actions to end hospital overcrowding;
  • clear timeframes for implementation; and
  • the allocated individuals with accountability to lead the process.