Hundreds of Hero NURSES have lost their jobs or their services have been cut short due to the corona virus
Hundreds of Hero NURSES have lost their jobs or have been interrupted because of the corona virus – and they also have no access to wage subsidies
Informal nurses in public hospitals in South Australia whose services have been cut or lost have called on the state government to assist them in the COVID-19 battle.
After the ban on non-emergency elective surgery in public hospitals, hundreds of informal nurses have been out of work.
They are not eligible for access to government income subsidies because they are government officials.
Casual nurses at public hospitals in South Australia whose services have been cut or lost their jobs are calling on the state government to assist them in the COVID-19 battle. A nurse is seen at Mount Barker Hospital in Adelaide
The state parliament resumes Tuesday with the opposition calling for those nurses to be put into roles to help stop the spread of the virus, such as detecting contacts or calling vulnerable residents.
Chris Picton, spokesperson for Opposition Health, said that nurses tackle unemployment when they are most needed.
“We can’t leave our nursing heroes because they can’t pay their bills and are forced into Centrelink queues,” he said.
“We must do everything we can to take care of our health heroes, just as they take care of us.”
Elizabeth Dabars, chief of the state’s Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation, said the branch also called on SA Health to provide advice on the use of personal protective equipment for nurses, midwives and caregivers after weeks of requests.
“We have lost patience waiting for evidence-based guidance,” said Ms. Dabars.
“In the absence of available guidelines from your employer, ANMF instructs members to use the PPE level that they believe is appropriate for the situation and to ensure their safety.”