Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2022 Week 06 Hansard (Wednesday, 8 June 2022) . . Page.. 1834 ..
Madam Speaker presented the following papers:
Bill referred to Committee, pursuant to resolution of the Assembly of 2 December 2020, as amended—Correspondence—Bill—Not inquired into—Statute Law Amendment Bill 2022—Copy of letter to the Speaker from the Chair of the Standing Committee on Justice and Community Safety, dated 6 June 2022.
Public Accounts—Standing Committee—Report 8—Inquiry into Annual and Financial Reports 2020-21—Speaker’s response to Recommendations 8 and 9, dated 7 June 2022.
Nurses and midwives—staff to patient ratios
MS CASTLEY (Yerrabi) (2.53): I move:
That this Assembly:
(a) phase 1 of the nursing and midwifery ratios began on 1 February 2022;
(b) the three key compliance measures being reported are:
(i) a supernumerary team leader on morning and afternoon shifts;
(ii) a nurse/patient ratio of 1:4 for morning shift, 1:4 for evening shift and 1:6 for night shift; and
(iii) skill mix of no more than 25 percent enrolled nurses and 75 percent registered nurses;
(c) an amnesty period was granted until 22 June;
(2) further notes:
(a) a Freedom of Information (FOI) document obtained by the Canberra Liberals reveals Canberra Health Services (CHS) “remain confident that we will be fully compliant with phase 1 of the ratios by June 2022”;
(b) FOI documents showing a “snapshot on ward compliance” on 15 February 2022 reveal only partial compliance with ratios;
(c) for the morning shift, only 9 out of 17 wards were fully compliant;
(d) for the evening shift, only 8 out of 17 wards were fully compliant; and
(e) predictions for the night shift were that it would not be fully compliant; and
(3) calls on the ACT Government to:
(a) provide nurse ratio compliance figures since February 2022 (with a breakdown of the three key compliance measures being reported);
(b) disclose if CHS are now “fully compliant” with phase 1 of the ratios, given we are now near the end of the amnesty period;
(c) commit to publicly releasing nurse ratio compliance figures for CHS, as happens in the Queensland health system; and