Williams welcomes new nurses & midwives for Port Macquarie Base Hospital
Local MP, Leslie Williams announced that 34 new nurses and midwives are commencing their life-saving work at Port Macquarie Base Hospital this year.
Mrs Williams said in its first term, the Baird-Grant Government has made a record investment in the recruitment of nurses and midwives.
“The 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,” Mrs Williams said.
“These newly graduated nurses and midwives have decided to spend their graduate year learning and developing their skills on the Mid North Coast and I am thrilled 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.”
Mrs Williams 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.
“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 the Mid North Coast Local Health District this year all the very best. In 2007, I was a new graduate at the Port Macquarie Base Hospital and I know from my own experience that these new nurses will be learning from the best and are in very capable hands.
“I’m incredibly lucky to have opportunity to meet nurses, midwives and hospital staff at Port Macquarie Base Hospital and I’m always impressed by their commitment to providing outstanding care,” Mrs Williams said.
Health Minister Jillian Skinner 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,” Mrs Skinner said.