Nurses For Freedom NZ (NFFNZ) ask every kiwi concerned with the state of the health system to join them on 31 August in a nationwide Day of Action.
The action is planned to take place at a number of locations up and down the country. Information and updates can be found on the NFFNZ website.
We will be at: Palmerston North Hospital, Dunedin Public Hospital, Golden Bay (South Island), Middlemore, Warkworth (SH1 and Woodcocks Rd); Gisborne, Masterton Hospital, Tauranga Hospital. More locations will be posted here over the coming weeks and exact location’s made available the day before the protest.
In an email sent out yesterday, NFFNZ explain the event:
Historically, nurses are not great at asking for help. Like many Kiwis we just get on and do what needs to be done. On this occasion however we need the support of EVERY concerned citizen, EVERY health care colleague, EVERY person currently living in New Zealand who cares about the state of our health services.
Although mainstream media seems to have turned its attention elsewhere, New Zealand nurses, doctors and health carers are breaking and patients continue to be put at risk in an understaffed and under-resourced health system. Hospitals closing their doors, emergency departments locked. Current nurses are desperately reaching out to the media to whistleblow on unsafe and poor conditions. We have heard of government departments employing agency nurses to support their clients whilst in hospital and have seen what happens to basic patient care due to understaffing. Staff are sick and exhausted, many are carrying vaccine injuries.
This keeps us awake at night especially considering we have 621 mandated nurses, midwives and carers who could help resolve some of these issues. This is, in addition to the hundreds of other health workers who are vital to the smooth running of YOUR health system, YOUR legacy.
I’m sure you will agree, we need to stop this madness and be allowed to get on with the rest of our lives. It appears however the current government needs another gentle push to remind them who is in charge.
You can help by supporting our next Nurses National Action, 2.30pm on Weds 31st August at several venues around New Zealand. Flyer attached; please share with everyone in your inbox and on social media.
This is no longer just about the mandates. It’s about unsafe practice, it’s about exhausted and sick colleagues, it’s about each and everyone of us.
Don’t miss this opportunity to stand up and be counted.
Visit this link to find your local protest or contact us if you are willing to join us and take a stand or organise a protest in your corner of New Zealand. New venues will be added over the coming weeks.
Thank you for supporting Nurses for Freedom NZ. Thank you for caring for your fellow New Zealander. Now is the time to be strong.