An additional 90 nurses and midwives are set to join the ranks within the Territory’s health system as part of a budget commitment by the ACT Government.

Recruitment will begin later this year as part of the first phase of a election pledge to hire 400 additional health professionals during this term of government and to implement minimum nurse and midwife to patient ratios within public health services.

A total of $50.1 million will go towards the hiring of additional staff over the next four years.

Health Minister, Rachel Stephen-Smith said the commitment will also contribute to a more sustainable workforce by reducing staff fatigue and increasing job satisfaction across our health and midwifery workforce.

“Implementing ratios guarantees there will be more staff on the ward to provide care and ensures an increased skill mix on each shift to provide the best possible care for patients in our public health system.”

The additional nurses and midwives will be place across the Canberra Health Services network and the Calvary Public Hospital in Bruce.

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