DHBs reassuring patients as nurses defend strike action

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Tuesday, 10 July 2018, 5:54PM
Nurses marched earlier in the year at the start of this long running struggle for pay rise. (Photo / NZ Herald)

DHBs are reassuring people who need urgent assistance during the nurses strike they will be treated.

The DHBs' National Planning Coordinator Anne Aitcheson says people with non-urgent conditions need to see their GPs when nurses go on strike on Thursday.

But she told Chris Lynch people who are acutely unwell should go to hospital.

She's also reassuring expectant mothers they will be taken care off.

"Pregnancies will come whether we have a strike or not. We have some volunteers, we have the assistance of NZNO union members with the provision of life preserving services."

NZNO Industrial Services Manager Cee Payne told Chris Lynch that nurses have a right to strike.

“At the end of the day, nurses have mader this decision. Nurses care very much about their patients.”

She says it will be short term pain for long term gain that will benefit patients overall by improving conditions for nurses.

She says that a significant increase in pay is the top priority for nurses at the moment.

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