22 May 2020

Primary health care nurses want same pay as colleagues

From First Up, 5:13 am on 22 May 2020

Nurses who've swabbed tens of thousands of people in the fight against Covid 19 say they're getting the praise - but not the pay - for putting themselves on the line. Primary health care nurses - who work in GP surgeries and at many of the community testing centres - are seeking to be paid the same as their health board colleagues but have been offered only half the payrise they want. Their union, the Nurses Organisation, says the government needs to step in with some targeted funding. Industrial advisor Chris Wilson told our health correspondent, Rowan Quinn, they felt sure this budget would have something for them.