Member for Baulkham Hills, David Elliott, and Member for Castle Hill, Dominic Perrottet, today welcomed the news that 39 new nursing and midwifery graduates would be working at Westmead Hospital by May.
“Westmead has seen 29 new graduates start today, and a further 10 will commence working at Westmead in May,’’ Mr Elliott said.
“More nursing and midwifery staff will ensure a higher standard of care for hospital patients, especially expectant and new mothers.”
Mr Perrottet said the graduates demonstrated the NSW Government’s commitment to improving health services.
“These graduates are among over 3,000 new nursing staff whom are working in our public hospital network,” Mr Perrottet said.
“Over 2000 new graduate nurses have accepted positions to start work across NSW public hospitals this year and the number of new nurses and midwives working in our hospital system exceeds the target the NSW Government set itself when elected in March 2011.”
Health Minister Jillian Skinner said nurses and midwives formed a vital part of our health system.
“We are indebted as a society to the dedication of nurses and midwives, who are at the very heart of our health system,” Mrs Skinner said.
“We rely on their professionalism and their commitment to delivering the highest standards of patient care.
“I congratulate these graduates on joining their ranks. I trust that today is the start of a long and fulfilling career for them all.”