Staff to patient ratios still an issue
The Goulburn branch of the Nurses and Midwives Association has issued a mixed assessment about local staffing numbers and the future of Goulburn Base Hospital.
Last Friday's Stateline program reported an increase in nursing numbers across NSW under the new State Government.
Goulburn Base Hospital is currently trying to recruit another two nurses at the moment.
Before this they received another three that were employed following recommendations made in the Darling Report.
However Secretary Jane Cotter says despite this, nurses to patient ratios are still behind those in city areas.
Although there are no guarantees, planning is currently underway for a new hospital in Goulburn and the option of a public private partnership could be a possibility.
The Association has raised concerns about this, particularly about mistakes made at Port Macquarie.
However Ms. Cotter does admit that it would be better than nothing.