St George Hospital is set to welcome 102 new graduate nurses and 3 more graduate midwives from the end of this month. Member for Oatley, Mark Coure welcomed the new nurses and midwives as a class of more than 2,800 graduates will soon start work across 130 NSW public hospitals and health facilities.
“This is fantastic news for our local health system, as it will significantly boost the capacity and capabilities available at the redeveloped St George Hospital,” Mr Coure said.
“These extra nurses and midwives will add to the fantastic services already provided by St George Hospital, giving our heroic health workers the support they need to continue protecting and saving lives”, Mr Coure said.
Premier, Dominic Perrottet, said the NSW Government is investing $2.8 billion in a further 5,000 nurses and midwives, with more than 40 per cent to work in regional and rural areas.
“Our health workers and first responders have been the true heroes of this pandemic and weowe them a great deal of thanks and gratitude for their tireless work to keep us safe, happy and healthy”, Premier Perrottet said.
“We owe a great deal to these graduates. Many of them have already been working as students in NSW’s vaccination and testing clinics. They have already done an exceptional job”, Premier Perrottet said.
Throughout their first year, graduates are provided with opportunities in a variety of clinical settings to ensure they gain a range of experience and consolidate skills and knowledge developed whilst at university.
Minister for Health, Brad Hazzard, said there are now more nurses and midwives in NSW public hospitals than at any other time in history.
“The NSW Government is continuing to make the important record investments in the best and biggest health system in the country, providing the expert medical care that the people of NSW expect and deserve”, Minister Hazzard said.
As the pandemic continues, the NSW Government is committed to ensuring that our health system is as prepared as possible for any future challenges that COVID-19 might present.