20 Oct 2022

Private hospital nurses in Wellington, Hawke's Bay on strike

From Midday Report, 12:40 pm on 20 October 2022

About 80 elective procedures at three private hospitals in Wellington and Hawke's Bay have been rescheduled, as nurses strike until tomorrow morning after a breakdown in talks with their employer, Evolution Healthcare.

The Acting chief executive officer, Matthew Clarke, says median pay rises of 15 percent were offered, and that the offer is in line with others accepted by the union.

But nurses say that does not keep up with the cost of living or offer parity with other private hospital counterparts.

Matthew Clarke spoke to Māni Dunlop