About 30,000 nurses, midwives and different well being employees took to the streets right this moment in a nationwide eight hour strike to protest their pay and dealing situations.
The strike started at 11am and disrupted surgical procedure, well being companies and Covid-19 vaccination centres.
Negotiations between the union, the New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO), and district well being boards (DHBs) stalled after the nurses on Monday rejected a second pay supply of their present spherical of negotiations.
Hundreds of individuals marched down Queen Road in Auckland with nurses shouting “freezing wages is outrageous”.
Nurses mentioned that after a yr of holding the general public secure from Covid-19 they have been gutted on the authorities’s public service pay freeze.
In Wellington, crowds of nurses have been joined by members of the general public as they marched from the hospital to Civic Sq. after which on to Parliament.
At Parliament, Well being Minister Andrew Little spoke to the gang however struggled to talk over boos and heckling. He instructed the gang that he agreed the well being system was lengthy overdue for enhancements that taken care of its employees.
Waikato nurses marched from the hospital into the centre of Hamilton and acquired an enormous quantity of assist from motorists tooting, in accordance with RNZ’s reporter who was on the scene.
A Rotorua nurse on the protest there mentioned they have been going residence exhausted after a shift and have been burned out.
Nurses protesting in Christchurch mentioned they have been apprehensive that present staffing ranges weren’t secure they usually weren’t in a position to present the extent of care they want to sufferers.
Hospitals across the nation have been busy all day with all however a handful at near most capability.
The nationwide contingency planner for district well being boards Anne Aitcheson instructed Checkpoint hospitals tried to scale back capability however it was a busy day.
She mentioned it would take months to make amends for the backlog of rescheduled appointments and surgical procedure.
Wairarapa District Well being Board mentioned it hoped to get again across the desk with nurses after the strike was over.
Chief government Dale Oliff mentioned that they had been working exhausting to ease staffing pressures, together with using 3000 further nurses and midwives up to now three years with a plan to deliver on extra.
She mentioned their pay supply to the nurses was a superb one, particularly for these on a low price, they usually hoped when negotiations resumed they might get a greater understanding of what nurses needed.