THE Canberra Liberals have announced further commitments to boost the health system and enhance safety for frontline government staff like nurses, police and paramedics.
“If elected, the Canberra Liberals will boost nurse numbers at the Canberra Hospital, provide extra security for staff and patients in the health system and heighten penalties for assaults on frontline staff who work tirelessly for our community, often managing delicate and dangerous situations,” Jeremy Hanson said.
“The Canberra Liberals will deliver in government:
- 52 new nurses at the Canberra Hospital.
- Increased funding for security at the Canberra Hospital and Calvary Hospital.
- Specific ‘Frontline Assaults’ legislation to protect nurses, doctors, ED staff, police and other emergency services personnel.
“We will move immediately to address nurse shortages, providing more than $10 million over our first term of government to employ 52 new nurses. We’re also committed to providing $750,000 to fund additional security at both Canberra and Calvary Hospitals,” Jeremy said.
“The Canberra Liberals will also move to introduce legislation to increase penalties for assaults on police, ambulance workers, firefighters, nurses, doctors and other medical staff. Frontline staff have to deal with testing situations and deserve adequate legal deterrents from assaults,” Giulia Jones said.
“Our health system has been neglected by ACT Labor and we believe our frontline personnel deserve proper protections, which is why we’re making these commitments today,” Mrs Jones concluded.