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Health Minister warned to take threat of nurses’ industrial action seriously

13 June, 2007

Sinn Féin Health Spokesperson, North Belfast MLA Carál Ní Chuilín has warned Health Minister Michael McGimpsey not to underestimate the level of anger among nurses at the staggering of their 2.5% pay award.

Speaking after delivering the Keynote address to the RCN 'Reps' annual conference in Belfast today, Ms Ní Chuilín said:

"Mr McGimpsey and the Executive should be under no illusions about the levels of anger there is among nurses at how they have been treated over the staggering of the 2.5% pay award.

"The fact is that we need to see delivery on the 2.5% pay rise for nurses immediately and in full rather than it being done in stages and we also need to recognise that this pay increase still falls short of level of pay nurses should receive.

"Nurses and workers throughout the health services provide care equitably and efficiently to all who need it. They are the frontline of our health services delivering care to patients in difficult circumstances. They should not have to worry about getting fair rates of pay or be forced to contemplate industrial action.". ENDS

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