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Media release Sunday 21 February 2010 Nurses and midwives welcome ...
Media release Sunday 21 February 2010 Nurses and midwives welcome W&CH redevelopment funding The Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (SA Branch) welcomes today’s announcements from the Minister for Health for a long overdue capital works program for the Women’s and Children’s Hospital (W&CH). The ANMF (SA Branch) has previously expressed serious concerns regarding the infrastructure of the Women’s and Children’s Hospital (W&CH), particularly the lack of single beds on the Fourth Floor Medical Unit. Some months ago the industrial and professional organisation made a submission to the Minister for Health and SA Health in relation to the issues members were expressing. ANMF (SA Branch) Secretary Elizabeth Dabars said the ANMF (SA Branch) submission went to the heart of nursing and midwifery concerns in the facility. In particular, that the lack of single beds on the Fourth Floor Medical Unit was problematic due to infection control and bed-flow issues. “Our members have been deeply concerned in relation to the absence of single rooms and associated infection control implications for the children and families for whom our members provide expert care. “Our submission expressly sought commitments and associated funding so that the W&CH could redevelop the facility in order to provide single rooms. This would have the effect of reducing infection-control concerns and enabling better bed-flow. “We are very pleased with the announcement by the Minister today committing to redevelopment funding. “It is understood that the funding will enable the Fourth Floor Medical Unit to be re-developed so as to provide 36 single rooms with on-suites in addition to 6 extra beds. “This announcement demonstrates that the concerns of nurses and midwives at the W&CH, expressed in our earlier submission, have been heard and appropriately responded to. “We also have released a Health Policy Position statement on which we have sought commitments from both major parties on a range of issues of importance to our 11,500 members. The ANMF (SA Branch) will release further detail on the responses of both parties to this position statement in the coming days. Media inquiries: For further information contact ANMF (SA Branch) Secretary Elizabeth Dabars, ph. 0402 795 686. The ANMF (SA Branch) Health Policy Position Statement is available at www.anf.sa.org.au.
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