Nurses, overworked and under pressure

Publish Date
Monday, 19 March 2018, 1:31p.m.

A nurse has broken down while talking about the stress of working in the health sector.

It comes as around 27,000 nurses vote on whether or not to accept a more substantial new pay deal or go on strike.

A nurse - who didn't want to use her real name out of fear of losing her job - spoke to Newstalk ZB host Chris Lynch.

She says the long hours and meager pay are pushing staff to breaking point.

"The stuff that I've seen and have had to deal with, honestly I just can't believe it. I can't believe what all these nurses have had to go through."

DHBs had originally offered a two per cent wage increase, backdated to November, followed by another two per cent hike in August. 

They were also offered a one-off lump sum of $1050 and a pay equity settlement taking effect from July next year.

New Zealand Nurses Organisation industrial services manager, Cee Payne, says DHBs have since amended the deal, but she can't yet reveal the details.

"It was an improved offer, whether the offer goes far enough for our members, that is a decision they will have to make."

Voting on the deal closes Friday.

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