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Frontline health workers should be supported - Brady

4 June, 2014 - by Mickey Brady

Sinn Féin MLA Mickey Brady has said frontline nurses and health workers should be properly supported.

Speaking ahead of a protest outside the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast tomorrow, the Newry and Armagh MLA said; 

"Our nursing staff are highly trained professionals who provide us with a great service. 

"The pressures nurses and other healthcare workers are under have been well documented in terms of understaffing and attacks on staff. 

"Staff have also had to deal with an increase in workloads without seeing an increase in pay for the valuable work they do. 

"We support healthcare staff in their demand for a fair wage for the service they provide. 

"The debacle in processing health workers’ pay, which has left staff without full payment for successive months, is totally unacceptable. 

"There is no excuse for it being allowed to happen again and again and the health minister needs to act decisively to ensure staff are not left in this intolerable situation for another month. 

"Nurses and other workers throughout the health service provide care to all who need it. They are the frontline of our health service and they should be supported." 

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