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Louise O’Reilly TD welcomes unanimous support for Sinn Féin nursing motion

25 April, 2018 - by Louise O'Reilly TD

Sinn Féin health spokesperson Deputy Louise O’Reilly has welcomed the cross-party support for the Sinn Féin Private Members Business PMB motion proposing solutions to crisis affecting nurses and midwives debated in the Dáil this evening.

Teachta O’Reilly said:

“The nursing and midwifery professions are at a cross roads - we can either accept there is a serious problem regarding recruitment and retention, working conditions, and pay amongst others, and go about addressing that, or we can continue on the current trajectory, which will have a calamitous impact on nurses and midwives and the health service.

“With this in mind Sinn Féin brought forward this PMB motion which proposed realistic and workable solutions to address the problems surrounding pay and the recruitment and retention crisis, and we welcome the cross-party support for the PMB and the solutions it proposes.

“For too long the work and dedication of nurses and midwives has been taken for granted with successive governments failing to understand or address their situation or the reasonable requests they have made for better working conditions, better facilities, more supports, increased training opportunities, and for the issue of pay to be addressed.

“Therefore, it was hugely important to see cross-party support and understanding of the crisis and the issues affecting nurses and midwives by all who spoke on this motion in the Dáil this evening.

“However, the response of Minister Harris and Junior Minister Finian McGrtah show that they clearly do not understand the problem.

“I hope the government will take the time to reflect on this evening’s contributions and do the right thing - nurses and midwives have waited too long for this government to step up and treat them with the respect they deserve.

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