Although final sign-off on the recommendations is not yet complete, Di said NCAHS
has indicated it will implement them by the end of July.
* a reduction in hospital bed numbers across the NCAHS; and
NSWNA Assistant General Secretary Judith Kiejda told nurses and community members at the Tweed Hospital rally she has a message for NCAHS management: 'Enough is enough'.
'We've had a serious staffing problem in ED for two years, after the NCAHS increased beds but didn't increase staffing.
The dispute has been dragging on since the NSWNA initially took the NCAHS to the Australian Industrial Relation Commission over workloads issues two years ago.
The NCAHS dragged the case on and on by demanding endless data and delayed responses.
'We are asking the community to get behind nurses; we're asking them to write to the Health Minister, their local MPs, and NCAHS CEO Chris Crawford,' said Di.
For its Focus on Home program, the hospital won the NCAHS
Quality Award in the category of Creating Better Patient Journeys.
There was also expressed interest in finding alternative ways of travelling to and from work,' NCAHS
Health Promotion, Nutrition and Physical Activity Coordinator Jillian Adams told the Bellingen Courier Sun.
'We passed a resolution at that meeting, which was supported by the Reasonable Workloads Committee yet was still denied by the NCAHS'.
Only the threat of industrial action last month, including a public rally and refusal of new admissions to the HDU, spurred the NCAHS to finally act.
The critical incident was very upsetting for staff and NCAHS's failure to address that hasn't helped.