Concerns about staffing issues at the John Hunter Hospital led to nurses and midwives holding a lunch-break rally today.
About 200 staff members came together to share their concerns about their current workloads, amid claims patients have missed close to seven thousand hours of nursing care due to departmental under-staffing during the first seven months of 2017.
General Secretary Brett Holmes from the NSW Nurses and Midwives Association is worried the shortages may have already put patients at risk.
"I think the health service could very well look at the circumstances where there's been deaths at this hospital and investigate whether staffing has been an issue."
"I have no doubt it plays a very significant part in increasing the risk levels - certainly beyond acceptability."