Concern grows as 2,000 nurses leave WA healthcare system dissatisfied


The number of nurses leaving the WA healthcare system is far too high according to state opposition as the state prepares to receive cases of Covid.

Western Australia has revealed that around 2,000 full-time and part-time contract nurses left the public health system between April and November this year.

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However, the state government insists the recruitment drive is in full swing with large numbers of graduates entering the industry in early 2022.

“There are currently 15,566 FTE nurses working for WA Health. In 2021, 1,259 additional nurses and midwives were recruited from hospitals in WA,Said a government spokesperson.

“With a workforce of over 50,000 people, there will always be staff leaving the sector, either retired or to another job.

“The McGowan government’s $ 2.3 billion investment in health care will fund additional nurses and physicians working in our hospital wards and build capacity as a guarantee for WA’s transition.

During this time, Shadow Minister of Health Libby Mettam remains concerned that there is too much knowledge leaving the system.

“It is not only the number, but also the experience that is also lost” she said.

“With our healthcare system on its knees and the borders opening up to Covid soon, we must ensure that we have the necessary staff to deal with this pandemic.”

– Minister Libby Mettam

Earlier this year, a “Your Voice in Health” survey confirmed that job satisfaction is at an all-time low, with just 39% of them feeling “valued and recognized” for their work, while 62% said they do not. believe their organization cares about their health and well-being.

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