GUEST BLOG: Bryan Bruce – I support the strike action taken by Primary Care Nurses


It is simply unfair that nurses working in primary care are paid on average 10 percent less (roughly $7000 a year less) than those working in hospitals.

If we want a country where everyone is treated fairly then supporting pay parity in occupations along with fixing the gender pay gap where men earn more than women for doing equivalent jobs , is part of that journey.

Kia kaha.

Bryan Bruce is one of NZs most respected documentary makers and public intellectuals who has tirelessly exposed NZs neoliberal economic settings as the main cause for social issues.


  1. Problem is the PHO’s and GP’s are not getting funded enough.
    Our Healthcare is funded at pathetic % increases as businesses not by what is needed to ensure we get the healthcare and the medicines we need.
    Medicines alone is under funded by $1 billion dollars and the waiting list for new meds is doubling every 4.5 years.
    Currently pharmac is not looking at any medications that have not been on then market less than 10 years.
    In 2015 the fastest processing time was just over 300 days in 2020 it is 659 days .
    No New medications released since 2010 for diabetes asthma and mental health have been funded by Pharmac.
    Just by refusing to fund 8 diabetes meds causes 1300 deaths in Nz every year 3 years ago it was 800 .
    In 2018 there were 240,000 diabetics type 1 + 2 total that total in 2020 is 325,000 .

  2. It’s a no brainer to support our hard working nurses. With the government on a spending spree this should be an easy decision to make….so why aren’t they doing it already?

  3. Strike should not be necessary but thanks to the conservative element in Nursing administration the younger nurses must strike and should strike as as well as forming a more representative larger union supporting all nurses.
    United we all benefit both nurses and the cared for.

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