5. Nurses strike called off

David Clark has encouraged nurses to accept the revised offer. Photo: Lynn Grieveson.

The New Zealand Nurses Organisation has lifted its strike notice for July 5 after a revised offer from DHBs. Thomas Coughlan reports.

The news comes after nurses rejected the most recent offer, which cost $520 million, and voted for industrial action.

The NZNO will recommend the latest offer to its members who will begin the ratification process next week.

The revised offer will be made public next week.

Health Minister David Clark had said the previous $520 offer was the extent of what DHBs could afford, but changing conditions of how that money was allocated was still possible.

“The NZNO will now put the revised offer to its members for their ratification and I encourage nurses to consider this offer closely,” said Clark.

“The lifting of strike notice will mean DHBs can operate as usual next week. I know this will be a huge relief to patients,” he said.