Some of them are in tears here this morning, just come off a night shift. They are caring for, sometimes, one nurse for eight to 10 people and Covid has made their situation so harrowing.
Our hospital system really is at a breaking point and they are asking for … fair, safe staffing levels here in our hospitals. Here in south-western Sydney, these nurses saw the brunt of the Delta outbreak, a failure of national quarantine, a failure of the vaccine rollout, and now they are seeing with Omicron the failure of the rapid antigen testing.
They donâ€™t have enough staff here and really, to see our nurses who are on the frontline suffering because of a failure to plan by a state and a federal Liberal governments, to see them in tears, to see our hospitals at crisis point, itâ€™s clear our nurses are not OK.