An open letter from Queensland's health workers  

Published: 29 November 2021 

We are Queensland’s nurses, midwives, doctors, allied health professionals, paramedics and ambulance officers, operations, building, electrical, engineering, maintenance and administration staff.

We are seeing firsthand the impacts of unprecedented demand on our health services and beds. And with borders due to reopen soon, we are concerned our services will struggle to meet demand. 

Our Emergency Departments are routinely overrun, patients are being cared for in corridors and ambulance bays outside hospitals, we are running out of beds and we are being forced to regularly work excessive hours in unsafe and chaotic conditions.

Workloads are unsustainable – there simply aren’t enough staff to safely care for Queenslanders or provide available treatment services. 

Our public hospitals and health services need urgent care.

We know our health system and the needs of our patients. We are here 24/7. 

We also have the solutions to help fix these problems, but decision-makers and politicians need to listen to us, trust us, and value our work. 

This is why we are urging the federal and state governments to:  
  • Invest in the health system by committing to working with us on a joint, immediate solution 
  • Work with us to identify long term solutions for a sustainable health system and economy 
  • Commit to smarter funding that is in the best interests of patient care and staff safety 
  • Commit to keeping our health system in public hands, not privatising services or beds. 

Disappointingly, our Federal Health Minister, Greg Hunt, has refused to meet with us.

However, we have met with our State Health Minister, Yvette D’Ath, and we are hopeful the Minister will act on our concerns.

We are working with our unions, the Queensland Nurses and Midwives’ Union (QNMU), Together Union (TU), the United Workers’ Union (UWU) and the Electrical Trades Union (ETU) to make a difference for health staff across the state.

Please help us fix our health system by supporting this campaign. 

Authorised B. Mohle, Secretary, QNMU. 106 Victoria Street, WEST END, QLD 4101.