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Workforce issues ‘central to health pressures’ - Sheehan

18 January, 2018 - by Pat Sheehan


Addressing workforce issues within the Health and Social Care Service is central to dealing with the severe pressures facing emergency departments, Sinn Féin MLA Pat Sheehan has said.

The party’s Health spokesperson was commenting after attending a briefing with the Permanent Secretary of the Health Department.

He said: "Tackling the problem of nurse shortages is vital to addressing the serious problems being experienced in health and social care including pressures in emergency departments across the north.

“The current rate of nurse vacancies in the system is not sustainable and capacity needs to be built to meet increasing demands.

"A workforce strategy is needed to ensure experienced nurses already in the system are retained, new nurses are attracted into the system and all are valued for the vital services they provide."

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