Nurses, midwives in NSW start strike action

There are disruption warnings for: New South Wales hospital patients today as thousands of nurses hold a 24-hour strike.

Members of the NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) from 170 hospitals will meet for the second time in seven weeks on Macquarie Street in central Sydney and in regional cities.

The 24-hour strike started at 7 a.m. today for most nurses and midwives who participated, some for shorter periods.

Nurses are demanding a 4.75 percent pay increase and better working conditions.

NSWNMA Secretary General Brett Holmes said nurses and midwives are demanding from the NSW government to address growing patient safety concerns raised by frontline health personnel.

Nurses in NSW are holding a second strike today to protest wages and conditions. (Getty)

“Our members are increasingly frustrated that the government is doing nothing to address the serious problems they are raising shift after shift, but have seemingly fallen on deaf ears,” said Mr Holmes.

He said the NSWNMA has not received an offer from the government since meeting Prime Minister Dominic Perrottet on Feb. 21.

During today’s strike, the NSWNMA said life-saving services will be maintained in all public hospitals and health services.

Nurses protest in Sydney
Thousands of nurses and midwives protested in Sydney CBD in February. More demonstrations are scheduled for today. (9News)

It also said members in flood-affected areas will focus their efforts on their local crises, where they are needed.

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