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Australian nurses rally for minimum ratio

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Australian nurses began a series of rallies calling for the introduction of minimum nurse-to-patient ratios and better pay.

The New South Wales Nurses Association wants a one-to-four nurse-to-patient ratio at most metropolitan hospitals written into a new pay deal.

The New South Wales state government has so far not included ratios in the pay deal it is offering.

The rallies, which began in Sydney, moved across the state during the week and are planned to continue. 

The union’s general secretary Brett Holmes said: “We will not step aside from our responsibility to act to ensure our hospitals are safe and we will step up our campaign to win public support for ratios.”

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