LIVE: Health Minister Andrew Little on nurses‘ pay
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Health Minister Andrew Little has called a media briefing at Parliament this morning.
Nurses are set to strike on Thursday after they rejected the District Health Boards' (DHBs) latest pay offer at the end of last month.
They lifted their strike notice for 29-30 July while considering the offer but said that while the DHBs had made promising moves on pay, the offer contained "too many ambiguities".
Little then told media the deal - which included a lump-sum payment, an advance on the fair pay deal and a base pay rate increase - had been proposed by the unions themselves.
It also included commitments to conduct a ministerial review of the safe staffing accord, to review inconsistent rollout of care capacity demand management, and to run a joint recruitment campaign between the ministry and NZNO.
One of the nurses' concerns has been that only 10 of the 20 DHBs had met safe staffing level requirements.
As well as Thursday's strike, a further 24-hour strike is planned for 9 September.
More to come...