Friday, December 16, 2011

Thousands of nurses poised to resign, Australia - 16 Dec 2011

THOUSANDS of Victorian nurses are poised to resign in an escalation of their industrial dispute with the state government.

A mass meeting of 1500 Australian Nursing Federation (ANF) members today unanimously voted in favour of the mass resignations, with nurses saying they were not prepared to risk their registration or duty of care if there were no guarantees of minimum staffing levels.

ANF Victoria branch secretary Lisa Fitzpatrick said nurses could not safely care for patients if staffing levels were too low and added she anticipated thousands of nurses would resign in the new year. Source