Will this get us the nurse we need?
Hospital nurses have won significant pay increases through collective bargaining and pay equity wins in recent years. Between 2017 and 2023, hospital nurses pay has increased by 49% on average. That's an 8.2% average increase per year. Labour has increased funding for nurses outside Te Whatu Ora to help close the pay gap because we know that a nurse is a nurse wherever they choose to practice. There's a lot more work to do to ensure nurses are valued across the health system with both pay and conditions, however, these policies and funding lifts are a move in the right direction. We need to see Labour commit to full pay parity for nurses and implementing staffing ratios to ensure safe workloads and better patient care.