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Pay parity for nurses essential-Ní Chuilín

9 July, 2007

Sinn Féin Health Spokesperson, North Belfast MLA Carál Ní Chuilín has urged Health Minister Michael McGimpsey and Finance Minister Peter Robinson to grant nurses their 2.5% pay award immediately following news that nurses in Wales and Scotland are now to receive the 2007 pay award in full backdated to 1 April .

Speaking today Ms Ní Chuilín said:

"Mr McGimpsey and the Mr Robinson 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.

"News that nurses in Wales and Scotland are to be granted the full pay award backdated to 1 April begs the question, why not here in the six counties?

"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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