1. A chronic shortage of midwives across NSW has led to conflict. A resolution unanimously endorsed by the NSW Nurses and Midwives Association will see staff at Penrith’s Nepean Hospital maternity ward encouraged to turn away pregnant women who do not come from within “strict new geographical boundaries”, Fairfax reported.
However, Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District chief executive Kay Hyman said that if staff followed through with the resolution from the association, there would be “consequences”. The fact remains that midwives at the hospital are, according to one midwife, “stretched to the brink”.
There are currently 21 vacant positions in the Women and Children’s Service department at Nepean, which according to insiders may not be filled due to budgetary constraints.
2. This morning an 18-year-old man was charged with the rape and murder of Joan Ryther, who was pregnant at the time of the assault. The man will face Beenleigh Magistrates Court on Saturday morning.
3. Flash floods have hit Melbourne, and more than 300 calls for assistance have been made to authorities since last night. Four people have been rescued from dangerous situations.
4. Another life threatening tornado is set to hit Oklahoma, reports News Ltd, less than two weeks since the last twister.