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Katrina welcomes new nurses and midwives to local hospitals

Local Nationals MP Katrina Hodgkinson has welcomed 65 new nurses and midwives who are commencing their life-saving work at Western NSW Local Health District this year.

Local Nationals MP Katrina Hodgkinson today welcomed 65 new nurses and midwives who are commencing their life-saving work at Western NSW Local Health District this year.

Katrina said in its first term, the Baird-Grant Government has made a record investment in the recruitment of nurses and midwives.

“The NSW Liberals & Nationals Government has a clear record when it comes to recruiting historic numbers of nurses and midwives to work in our public hospitals. More than 3400 (FTE) have joined the system since we came to office,” Katrina said.

“And now 65 new nurses and midwives will be joining our local hospitals this year to deliver quality care to our community.

“These newly graduated nurses and midwives have decided to spend their graduate year learning and developing their skills in Western NSW Local Health District and I am pleased to welcome them to our region.

“We all remember what it’s like to start a new job - perhaps in a new town - so I encourage the community to make our new nurses and midwives welcome.”

Katrina said about almost a third of the new nurses and midwives will be spending their graduate year in rural and regional hospitals.

“The Baird-Grant Government is getting on with the job of enhancing health care for our community,” Katrina said.

“Whether it’s investing in new hospitals, enhancing existing facilities or recruiting more nurses and midwives, this government is delivering improved health services.

“I wish the new nurses and midwives beginning work in Western NSW Local Health District this year all the very best. They will be learning from the best and in very capable hands.

Katrina said more than 1800 graduate nurses and midwives will begin their life-saving careers this year in 139 hospitals across NSW.

“There is no better time than now to be working in the NSW public health system,” Katrina said.

“I thank the Minister for Health, Jillian Skinner for her support of rural and regional health districts.”

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