Hospital staff win

FUNDING INJECTION NEED: Shadow Health Minister Stephen Wade has welcomed Country Health SA’s back down on nursing levels, but he says the State Government must poor more money into regional health services. Picture: SANDRA MORELLO

THE state’s country health department has made a surprising backflip and will boost nursing levels at Mount Gambier Hospital following a protracted and “difficult” industrial campaign by staff.

This is despite Country Health SA previously rejecting the need for more nursing staff.

The agreement – brokered by the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation SA – will result in the equivalent of six new full-time nurses working within months at the hospital.

Describing the result as a major “win” for nursing staff and


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