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Nurses look forward to working with new Minister of Health

6 October 2014

The New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) is looking forward to a constructive and fruitful relationship with newly announced Minister of Health, Jonathan Coleman.

NZNO CEO Memo Musa says, “Minister Coleman has the credentials to be an effective Minister of Health, having previously been an Associate Minister of Health working closely with Tony Ryall. He has a good understanding of the health system and listens well to matters of importance to nursing.”

“Nurses will continue to push for a sustainable nursing workforce, safe clinical environments and funded ‘entry to practice’ programmes and employment for all new graduate nurses.”

“We will work with Minister Coleman toward achieving a health system that has the right number right skill mix of nurses in the right place to ensure safe and high quality nursing care. We hope Minister Coleman pays close attention to the funding of public health services as current financial constraints are creating unsafe working conditions for staff and the possibility of sub-optimal care for patients.” Musa says.

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