Health Minister urges nurses to 'seriously' consider pay offer

The Health Minister is encouraging nurses to consider the DHBs' latest pay offer "seriously", saying no one wants them to go on strike.

The latest pay offer is easily the most generous yet, but one nurse told The AM Show last week it's still nowhere near enough.

Voting by the country's 27,000 nurses on whether to strike in July closes next week. Hundreds are attending meetings across the country to discuss whether to accept the DHBs' pay offer.

Spokeswoman Cee Payne says around 200 gatherings are planned for this upcoming week.

"We're making every endeavour to have as many meetings as possible to allow as many people to attend because we have a much shorter timeframe to be able to satisfy our members."

Voting closes this Friday, with results expected the following Monday.

Last month, the health boards told nurses they could earn as much as $93,000 a year under the new deal. Ms Payne says that claim confused a lot of their members.

"That's really thrown our members into a place of being pretty angry with their employer, and I think it has skewed the pitch a bit."

Ms Payne says nurses should investigate their own pay increases under their current circumstances before making a decision on whether to vote to strike.

Dr Clark is encouraging nurses to think carefully.

"In terms of the salary stuff, on the nurses' website there's a calculator they can work out for themselves how much they're going to get," he told Newshub Nation on Saturday.

"We've said that health's been underfunded for nine years, and we have stepped up and said we'll put extra money in, and this is one of the things we've signalled we want to do."

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