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Local nurses join Shout Out for Help campaign

GISBORNE nurses took their campaign for a fully-funded health system to the public on Saturday and said the community supported them.

Members of the New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) presented their case and sought signatures for their petition from people at Saturday’s Farmers Market.

NZNO national and local delegate Treve Swan said their Gisborne campaign, like other regions taking part in the nationwide Shout Out for Help campaign, enjoyed strong public support.

“We are making the public aware of the underfunding issue," Ms Swann said.

“We want the best for everyone who comes into our care, but health underfunding means that sometimes we are not able to give you the best."

The Council of Trade Unions said healthcare has been underfunded by $1.85 billion since 2009.

“If health was funded sustainably now and into the future, we could improve the service for every New Zealander.”

The NZNO campaign was non-political and was directed at all parties, she said, and nurses also wanted to encourage people to enrol and vote.

“You have to vote to make a difference. Young ones need to get out and vote.”

Nurse Marion Clarke said there were shortages in the public health system.

“We see it every day,’’ she said.

Julie Peters signs the New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) petition asking for a fully-funded health system. With her is husband Johan and nurses (from left) Marion Clarke, Treve Swan and Jane Wilkie. Picture by Paul Rickard