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The foundations of our healthcare system have been washed away | NSW emergency nurse

Working conditions have deteriorated, staff have quit, and our leaders ignore us. I worry for the profession I have grown to love

“Our healthcare system remains strong,” says our premier. It’s hard to explain that to the 91-year-old woman who slept in a chair last night in the emergency department I work at. Or the patient with cancer, receiving chemo, stuck at the cancer treatment centre for more than 24 hours, her journey delayed because she had became a close contact while waiting for a bed.

Or the patient with suicidal ideation, who has been scheduled under the Mental Health Act, was told they have Covid-19, and is being forced to wait indefinitely for days as there are no beds at the specialised mental health facility.

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