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The Liberals have bowed to pressure from the State’s nurses and agreed to a 14 per cent pay rise over three years on condition it wins the next State Election.

Premier Colin Barnett said the deal was struck during a meeting of the Department of Premier and Cabinet, the Premier’s Office and the Australian Nursing Federation yesterday.

The ANF was today set to launch industrial action which would have closed hospital beds across the State.

However, it is expected the ANF will now back down from this threat.

“There was never any question that the Government and the Department of Health did not value our nurses,” Mr Barnett said.

“What has changed (yesterday) is that we have received advice from the Health Department that patient care is in peril.

“We have been warned that patients’ lives are at risk because of the escalation of this dispute. This cannot be tolerated.”

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