Minister speaks out on threat of INO industrial action

On the issue of threatened industrial action by the INO, Minister Harney said nursing staff will be paid the sustaining progress wage increase next month however she has not said whether benching marking will be paid. Minister Harney is proposing giving nurses more power within the health service and also wants to appoint healthcare assistants to take over some of their duties. She says the benchmarking scheme is dependent upon staff being open to change and nurses must also comply with this.