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Historic ratios win for nurses and midwives

Nurse last night became a world leader in patient safety when the ‘Safe Patient Care (Nurse to Patient and Midwife to Patient Ratios) Bill 2015’ was passed through the state parliament’s Upper House.

The only other state in the world to have legislated safe nurse/midwife: patient ratios is California, which enacted their ratios in 2004, and Queensland’s Palaszczuk Government will be introducing a similar ratios legislation in the next year.

The legislation passed unopposed through its third reading in the Legislative Council, following some fairly robust debate between Labor’s Jenny Mikakos and the Liberal Party’s Mary Wooldrige and Craig Ondarchie.


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