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Pulling the wool over our eyes.

I AM a care associate at Hawke's Bay District Health Board and was recently encouraged by our NZNO delegates to vote in favour of new nurse/patient ratios.

I believe this issue was not clearly defined from the perspective of care associates. By voting in support of these ratios, we have put our jobs at risk and, if NZNO wins this campaign, there will be redundancies.

NZNO has put nurses first without thinking of the consequences to the rest of their members who are very willing to support them. You have pulled the wool over our eyes.

Karen Taotahi, care associate

Napier

NZNO organiser Lawrence O'Halloran replies: NZNO vigorously opposed the disestablishment of EN positions at Hawke's Bay DHB. We have sought the re-establishment of these positions and continue to do so. We have never and would never argue for caregiver/care associate redundancies at Hawke's Bay DHB and do not accept that this is a consequence of staff/patient ratios. We have consistently sought to improve the pay and conditions of caregiver members, and continue to do so.

The Hawke's Bay DHB NZNO convenor, Cathryn Hellyer, who is on the national negotiating team, works as a care associate and is also an EN.
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Title Annotation:letters
Author:Taotahi, Karen
Publication:Kai Tiaki: Nursing New Zealand
Article Type:Letter to the Editor
Date:Jul 1, 2004
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