Last Update: Friday, April 23, 2004. 7:32pm (AEST)
Weekend talks scheduled in nurses strike
There has been a minor breakthrough in Victoria's nurses dispute with the union and the State Government to resume talks over the weekend.
The Industrial Relations Commission (IRC) has asked the parties to continue discussions and try to come up with a way to lessen the impact of the work bans, before formal hearings resume on Monday.
The nurses' bans have closed almost 1,000 public hospital beds, forced the cancellation of more than 200 operations and have put pressure on emergency departments.
Health Minister Bronwyn Pike says the commission's recommendation is a step forward.
"Clearly we want to ameliorate the impact of the bans because they are hurting and we are wanting to settle the dispute."