News Video | Policy | GPs | Hospitals | Medical | Mental Health | Welfare | Search

 


“Senior doctors congratulate nurses”

17 December 2004

“Senior doctors congratulate nurses”

“Senior doctors congratulate nurses for achieving their first national collective agreement covering district health boards, the first for over a decade. At the risk of sounding like John Campbell, it is an absolutely marvellous outcome,” said Mr Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists, today.

“Nurses were one of the main victims of the failed market experiment of the 1990s. In the 1990s nurses were devalued and many employment conditions undermined. It is good to see some balance being provided.”

“It is interesting that both the nurses and senior doctors’ national collective agreements have a strong emphasis on workforce issues. The nurses’ agreement provides for an examination of the possible introduction of staffing ratios while the senior doctors’ agreement introduces workforce development planning, including staffing levels, in district health boards.”

“Having fairer industrial law was a critical factor in the achievement of national agreements for nurses and senior doctors. The Employment Relations Act strongly emphasises the right of unions to negotiate, something that was undermined in the 1990s.”

“The biggest obstacle in the past to national agreements in the public health system was the unfair and unbalanced industrial law of the 1990s which fortunately is now repealed,” concluded Mr Powell.

Ian Powell EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

Electronica: Restoring The World’s First Recorded Computer Music

University of Canterbury Distinguished Professor Jack Copeland and UC alumni and composer Jason Long have restored the earliest known recording of computer-generated music, created more than 65 years ago using programming techniques devised by Alan Turing. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Review Of Books: Almost Getting Away With Murder

The Black Widow by Lee-Anne Cartier: Lee-Anne Cartier is the sister of the Christchurch man found to have been murdered by his wife, Helen Milner, after an initial assumption by police that his death, in 2009, was suicide. More>>

Howard Davis: Triple Echo - The Malevich/Reinhardt/Hotere Nexus

Howard Davis: The current juxtaposition of works by Ralph Hotere and Ad Reinhardt at Te Papa perfectly exemplifies Jean Michel Massing's preoccupation with the transmigration of imagery in a remarkable triple echo effect... More>>

Scoop Review Of Books: Nō Tāu Manawa

Vaughan Rapatahana responds to Fale Aitu | Spirit House by Tusiata Avi: "fa’afetai Tusiata, fa’afetai, / you’ve swerved & served us a masterclass corpus / through graft / of tears & fears..." More>>

9 Golds - 21 Medals: NZ Team Celebrates As Rio 2016 Paralympic Games Close

The entire New Zealand Paralympic Team, led by kiwi sprinter and double gold medallist Liam Malone as flag bearer, are on the bus to the Maracanã Stadium in Rio de Janeiro for the Closing Ceremony of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. There, they will celebrate the fantastic successes of the past 10 days. More>>

ALSO:

New Zealand Improv Festival: The Festival Of Moments To Return To The Capital

The eighth incarnation of the New Zealand Improv Festival comes to BATS Theatre this 4-8 October , with a stellar line-up of spontaneous theatre and instant comedy performed and directed by top improvisors from around New Zealand and the world. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Health
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news