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Government should honour agreement with Nurses - Gerry Adams

27 September, 2016 - by Gerry Adams

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD today called on the government to “fully honour the agreement made last December between the INMO, PNA & SIPTU and the Department of Health to restore the incremental credit for graduate nurses for the 36 week internship from 2011-2015.

Teachta Adams said the government needs to end the pay discrimination.

The Sinn Féin leader was questioning the Taoiseach during Order of Business in the Dáil. 

Teachta Adams said:

“Last December the nursing unions and the Department of Health reached an agreement that restored the recognition of the 36 week internship.

“The Department of Public Expenditure and Reform unilaterally changed that agreement and only agreed to including graduates from this year.

“As a result nursing and midwifery graduates from 2011-15 are now earning less than than those nurses who graduate this year.

“This is unacceptable and short-sighted. It will force many nursing graduates to take their expertise and training abroad.

“And this will have an adverse impact on the health service which is struggling to retain nurses and midwives.

“The government needs to honour the outcome of the negotiation last December.”


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