Doszpot One Step Closer To Securing Nurses For All ACT Special Schools

Member for Molonglo Steve Doszpot has been successful in getting the Standing Committee on Education, Training and Youth Affairs to recognise the need for full time nurses to be employed in each of Canberra’s four special schools. Mr Doszpot said today that for a number of years there has been an absence of a full time nurse at the Woden special school.

The issue has been one Mr Doszpot has pressed for over two years following a constituent alerting him to the absence of a full time nurse at the Woden special school.

“One of the families affected has had to wait to see if a nurse would continue to be available for their son at the Woden special school, and in the meantime his health at school has been at risk,” Mr Doszpot said.

“For the last two years, the ACT Labor Government has refused to address the issue, despite me raising it at every committee hearing.

“Today the Standing Committee on Education Training and Youth Affairs tabled its Annual Report and included a recommendation that full time nursing care be provided on an equal and permanent basis across all special schools in the ACT.

“I know the family most affected by this decision will be absolutely delighted that at last there is now light at the end of what has been a very long tunnel.

“I am pleased that my fellow committee members have recognised the importance of this issue, and I call on the Government to act now,” Mr Doszpot concluded.