“So, 12 percent, I think you won’t get!” Kate told Pat. “There has to be some form of compromise.”
Pat replied: “Yesterday wasn’t an award that will have any compromise in it, that’s it as far as the government is concerned.
“This is not ‘that’s it’ as far as our nurses are concerned, because if you don’t do the decent thing for nurses, you don’t do the decent thing for patients.
“This isn’t about pitching our nursing against our police service or against our teachers or anyone else, but there is no wealth without health, and you can’t have health without nurses staff – it’s as simple as that.
“It’s just plain and simple,” the guest exclaimed.
“Go into any hospital, who is the first person you will see? Who is the first people who will take you along and say ‘It’s going to be okay, we will look after you’. It’s a nurse and there’s 50,000 of those nurses already missing from our services.
“If we stand any chance of keeping our health services from falling over the precipice we must do the decent thing for nurses.”