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Thursday, June 28, 2012

The Minister for Health and Medical Research, Jillian Skinner, along with the Member for Dubbo Troy Grant, today welcomed figures that show nursing numbers across regional NSW have increased by more than 1000 nurses since the State election.

Across the Western NSW Local Health District there has been an increase of 62 nurses since the election.

I know the local community will welcome this news and it’s great to see so many registered nurses moving from metropolitan to regional areas to ensure local patients are receiving the best treatment possible,” Mr Grant said.

"Nurses and midwives are a vital part of the health system, delivering a high level of care such as palliative and chronic care, mental health and acute care.

"This news demonstrates the NSW Government’s commitment to ensuring best possible care for our regional communities.”

Mrs Skinner said hospitals across the State were benefitting from increased nurse numbers.

“We’ve seen an encouraging increase in nurse numbers throughout our regional Local Health Districts and they are no doubt ensuring better delivery of care for local patients,” Mrs Skinner said.

Mrs Skinner said the 2012-13 Budget provides a total of $68.4 million for another 540 fulltime equivalent nurse positions across NSW, which will actually translate to more than 540 nurses as many will elect to work part-time.

“NSW is served by some of the most skilled and committed nurses in the country and I am proud that since this Government came into office, an extra 2500 nurses and midwives have been employed to ensure we provide the best possible care for patients,” Mrs Skinner said.

Mr Grant said NSW has more than 46,000 nurses, working in our busy hospitals, community services and health clinics and more than 15,000 of these are working in the state’s regional areas.

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