Accounts of chronic bullying and mistreatment of staff at Tauranga Hospital are reportedly being uncovered in an investigation into the suicides of two former nurses.
The jury is out whether the DHBs’ third pay offer – which adds two extra pay steps for experienced nurses on top of the panel’s pay recommendations – will avert a strike.
As expected frustrated nurses have voted to strike on July 5 and July 12 unless a new pay offer – due today from the 20 district health boards – meets their pay and safe staffing concerns.
A boost to workforce funding to “immediately alleviate” the stress of current nursing workloads is amongst the safe staffing recommendations made by the Independent Panel.
A strike could still be on the cards unless the DHBs step up their pay offer above today’s Panel recommendations, which nurses on social media are calling “a joke” and “pathetic”.
The barrier that stopped nurse practitioners’ being able to issue a death certificate but not sign a cremation certificate has now been removed.
The final recommendations from the nurses’ pay panel – set up to try and prevent a winter strike – are due to be released a day before the strike ballot closes on Friday.
Work is still needed to change some of the attitudes and myths in health leadership about the enrolled nurse role, says enrolled nurse national leader Leonie Metcalfe.
It is still a case of ‘wait and see’ for what the Government has tagged to try and resolve the nurses pay deal without a winter strike – but the Budget does bring more nurses in schools.