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VHA will closely monitor progress of nursing ratios Bill

Posted 30 August 2015

Sunday 30 August 2015

Following today's announcement that the Bill to legislate nursing ratios will be introduced to Parliament this week, the Victorian Healthcare Association (VHA) has said it will closely review and monitor the Bill's progress to ensure it reflects the current EBA arrangements, as set out in the Government's election commitment.

VHA CEO Tom Symondson said enshrining an EBA in legislation is unprecedented in Australia and the VHA will work with the Government in its implementation.  

"Victorian public health services already apply nurse to patient ratios as part of EBA arrangements and we are keen to ensure the Bill faithfully reflects the current arrangements, as was the election commitment," Mr Symondson said.

"If the final legislation results in the need for additional resources to support health services comply with the ratios, this needs to be fully funded by the Government.

"I encourage the decision makers in Parliament to seriously consider this Bill and ensure any mandated changes imposed on the health workforce are in the best interests of patients."

Media contact: Rachel White  0438 815 561 rachel.white@vha.org.au 

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