Overcrowding in Australian Hospitals Leads to Action by Nurses

23 November 2009 (Last Updated November 23rd, 2009 18:30)

Nurses working in the emergency departments of the Royal Adelaide and Lyell McEwin hospitals in Australia are planning action over workloads and overcrowding. The Australian Nursing Federation said it is concerned about patients left in corridors or waiting areas without proper monitor

Nurses working in the emergency departments of the Royal Adelaide and Lyell McEwin hospitals in Australia are planning action over workloads and overcrowding.

The Australian Nursing Federation said it is concerned about patients left in corridors or waiting areas without proper monitors and equipment, according to abc.net.au.

Union official Elizabeth Dabars said nurses have told the union that there has been an over allocation of patients to nursing staff.

"Nurses have reported that they have been allocated up to ten patients at a time despite a limit of one nurse to three patients in the agreement between SA Health and the Australian Nursing Federation," she said.