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95 new nurses for St George Hospital

St George Hospital has welcomed 60 new nurses and midwives in February with a further 35 scheduled to join in April as part of the more than 2,500 graduates who will start work at 130 public hospitals across the State.

Member for Oatley, Mark Coure, joined the Member for Rockdale, Steve Kamper and the Member for Kogarah, Chris Minns, at St George Hospital to announce that they will receive a total of 95 new nurses and midwives, to bring in new talent and fresh ideas.

“This is great news for our local health district and local residents because it means that we have more nurses to strengthen our ability to assist those in need,” Mr Coure said.

“More nurses means more personalised care, more people accessing the care that they need and greater health security for our community.”

Minister for Health, Brad Hazzard, extended a warm welcome to the new nursing and midwifery recruits as they embark on their career with NSW Health.

“These enthusiastic nursing and midwifery graduates join NSW Health at an historic moment, in the middle of an unprecedented pandemic,” Minister Hazzard said.

“They will have a unique opportunity to play a vital role in our extraordinary healthcare system as it continues to battle against the threat of COVID-19.”

“I am also delighted that more than a quarter of these graduates will work in rural and regional hospitals across the State and wish all our new starters the very best with their careers.”

More than 54,000 nurses and midwives currently work in the NSW public health system, an increase of 24.7 per cent since 2011.

The NSW Government has invested in a record total of 8,300 frontline health staff over four years, including an additional 5,000 nurses and midwives, including mental health and palliative care nurses.

“Having these 95 new frontline workers means that we are providing patients at St George Hospital with the attention and resources that they both need and deserve,” Mr Coure said.

“I know that all of these nurses and midwives will both love and appreciate the fantastic facilities here at St George Hospital and I know that they will continue to serve and protect our community for many more years to come.