Sinn Féin supports student nurses
Expressing his party's support for the student nurses protesting in Dublin today, Sinn Féin Health & Children spokesperson Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin said:
“Sinn Féin is committed to reversing the unfair and unjust Government decision to cut the pay of student nurses and would vote to restore, immediately, the pay of working fourth-year student nurses/midwives to 80% of the minimum of the current nurse scale.
“We have repeatedly criticised and called for reversals of the savage health cuts of the Fianna Fáil/Green Party government. The professions of nursing and midwifery in this State are going through their worst experience since the 1980s due to the cutbacks. The people on the frontline who have to cope with the outcome of the cuts in terms of patient care are the nurses and midwives, and I paid tribute to them during the debates on the Nurses and Midwives Bill (May 2010) for the superb work they do in caring for people in our health services. They carry out that work despite being hampered by a fundamentally flawed system, by mismanagement at government and HSE level and by the current cuts.
“We commend the many thousands of nurses and midwives who have campaigned not only against the unjust paycuts placed on them, but very importantly against the many cuts in services to patients over recent years. It is most often the nurses who have blown the whistle on the HSE and the Government, exposing malpractice, the reality of A&E overcrowding and the myriad other effects of Government cutbacks.” ENDS