LEETON District Hospital's nurses and midwives are at the coalface every day - working in tough conditions, but rarely do they seem to be fairly compensated for their efforts.
It's something they have continued to call for for many years, but despite all of their blood, sweat and tears, little seems to improve.
In a letter to The Irrigator, the Leeton branch of the NSW Nurses and Midwives' Association said it would be continuing to fight the battle.
"The (branch recently) voted strongly against accepting the revised pay offer from the NSW government," the letter said.
"We voted no because our employer, the NSW state government refused to negotiate on nurse-to-patient ratios.
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"They insist that the current system is working and that everything is fine.
"Leeton nurses and midwives know that to make our community safer and healthier, the need for nurse and midwife-to-patient ratios saves lives and money.
"This is born out in the research of the nurse and midwife-to-patient ratios in Queensland. Queensland nurses and Victorian nurses and midwives are paid more, but also have guaranteed ratios that make care provided to the community better and safer at a higher level.
"This is why NSW cannot recruit nurses and midwives."
The nurses and midwives at Leeton District Hospital are put under immense pressure at work each day, with The Irrigator currently running a campaign calling for better outcomes at the hospital that will assist these staff members.
The first is for a permanent doctor to be employed at the hospital, which could assist in taking away some of this burden.
In the letter to The Irrigator, Leeton branch secretary Leeanne Driscoll assured the community nurses and midwives at the hospital would always been on hand to help.
"The nurses and midwives of NSW have been taking industrial action across the state to have the government accept that ratios will save lives and money," she wrote.
"Instead they revise the pay offer and ask us to move along without negotiation.
"The NSWNMA branch of Leeton are here to tell you that we will continue to fight for improved ratios in NSW and we ask that you as our community continue to support us."
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