ANF: Compromise possible if WA Govt agrees to patient ratios

The chief executive of the Australian Nursing Federation has given fresh hope that a bitter feud between nurses and the McGowan Government over pay and working conditions can be resolved — before the health workers start rolling out industrial action on Wednesday.

Mark Olson told The Sunday Times nurses might be willing to compromise on a 10 per cent wage claim but only if the government agrees on a one nurse for every four patient ratio.

“I don’t think any of our members expect the government to agree to a 10 per cent wage increase,” Mr Olson said.

“It’s a measure of the frustration and anger of nurses.”

But Mr Olson said nurses would not compromise on their demands for enforceable nurse-to-patient ratios.

“On an average ward, we want one nurse to four patients,” Mr Olson said.

“In a place like the emergency department, it would be one to three. Our message to the government is ‘come back to the negotiating table with ratios, so we can sort this out’.

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