The College acknowledges NSW Labor’s electoral pledges to enforce minimum safe staffing levels in public hospitals, invest in women’s health and expand hospital capacity, including inpatient beds and infrastructure, and will hold them to account to ensure these promises are implemented.
The College urges the incoming government to prioritise fixing dangerous waits for urgently needed healthcare by implementing the NSW Parliament’s 12 recommendations from the Inquiry into the Impact of ambulance ramping and access block on the operation of hospital emergency departments in NSW.
The 12 fixes from the parliamentary report offer the blueprint for desperately needed improvements across the state’s health system that when established will ensure healthcare workers can continue providing safe, timely and effective care across the state.
ACEM President Dr Clare Skinner said, “NSW’s emergency doctors congratulate Chris Minns and NSW Labor and look forward to collaborating with them and key stakeholders to properly resource and deliver the health system that the people of NSW need.”
“We know how to treat ramping, access block and dangerous waits for healthcare – and so do the state’s politicians. We must adopt the 12 recommendations from the ramping inquiry immediately. NSW can’t wait any more.”

ACEM is the peak body for emergency medicine in Australia and New Zealand, responsible for training emergency physicians and advancement of professional standards.

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