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.