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Equal Pay for Primary Health Care nurses

Dear Minister of Health Andrew Little

Nurses who work in the primary health care sector are with us at every stage of our lives.  They are the nurses at the heart of our communities providing highly skilled and complex quality care in settings such as GP practices, Māori and iwi providers, Plunket, Family Planning, urgent care clinics, and in our homes. 

Primary health care nurses support whānau to stay well which in turn reduces pressure on our public hospitals. It’s not right that primary health care nurses are paid less than nurses working in other parts of the health sector.  They have the same skills and qualifications and their work is of equal worth and importance.

Minister Andrew Little, please ensure that Te Whatu Ora Health NZ urgently provides the funding needed to properly value Aotearoa’s primary health care nurses.