The New South Wales health system does not need to see another wave of patients like the state saw with the Delta outbreak, says NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association’s Brett Holmes.
It comes amid the latest Bureau of Health information report detailing the impact the Delta outbreak had on NSW Hospitals.
It revealed more category two patients arrived at ED’s and also waited longer for treatment than during any July to September quarter since the CHI began reporting 11 years ago.
The medical union wants the government to mandate patient to staff ratios.
"The purpose (of ratios) is to provide the minimum numbers of staff we need … so that when you are faced with a crisis like this that you can adjust and cope," Mr Holmes told Sky News Australia.
"But what we need to guarantee to these very exhausted nurses and even in the midwifery areas, is that there will be a minimum number of staff available on every shift and that the government makes a commitment to delivering that number of staff."