Nurses have voted in favor of the latest pay offer from the government, staving off further strike action and bring nearly a year of negotiations to an end.
The New Zealand Nurses Organisation's negotiating team is recommending its members accept a further revised offer from District Health Boards, following a strike earlier this month.
he New Zealand Nurses Organisation and District Health Boards will go into Employment Relations Authority-facilitated bargaining after the nurses' union rejected a second pay offer from the DHBs this morning.
National MPs have called on Health Minister David Clark to show whether the Government's health spending meets even his own expectations.
Some pharmacies may stop dispensing medicine under a radical overhaul undertaken by DHBs, writes Thomas Coughlan.
New Zealand's private healthcare providers including Green Cross Health are watching collective negotiations between the nurses' union and district health boards to see when and if a far-reaching pay hike will spill into the rest of the sector.
A wide-ranging review of the health system will encompass everything from local primary care to the funding and operations of district health boards, writes Thomas Coughlan.
Over 19 percent of hospital assets are in poor or very poor condition, according to a Treasury report. The problem is most acute in the South Island, Thomas Coughlan reports.
The DHB funding blunder will not go away, with fresh details raising questions about a rogue Ministry and when exactly the Government knew something was wrong. Shane Cowlishaw reports.
The Government knew about a blunder that saw DHBs allocated incorrect funding the day before the Budget, but released statements boasting about the individual cash injections anyway.