The Far North community is being encouraged to recognise the efforts of Queensland’s hardworking nurses today as part of International Nurses’ Day celebrations.

Treasurer and Member for Mulgrave, Curtis Pitt praised the important work of local nurses and said the Palaszczuk Government is committed to supporting them in their roles.

“There are over 35,000 nurses in our great state and every day of the week, our nurses are working hard to provide the best possible care to Queenslanders.”

“Nurses are highly-skilled and specialised health professionals and they work in challenging conditions to make a positive difference to the lives of Queenslanders.”

“All of the nurses that I’ve met have shown great dedication and it’s great to have this opportunity to celebrate our local nursing champions.”

Mr Pitt said the Palaszczuk Government was committed to creating 4000 places for newly registered nurses over the next four years.

“That’s the commitment we took to the election with our Refresh Nursing policy, which is about reversing the damage inflicted by the LNP’s health cuts,” he said.

“The LNP cut 4820 positions from the health workforce and those staff left have had to shoulder the burden of increased demand for health services with fewer resources.

“Our commitment to investing more in nursing will re-focus Queensland’s health system on patient safety and provide patients the vital care they need sooner.

“Our policies will ensure Queensland has a stable, highly-trained nursing workforce.”