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Minister for Health refuses to address core problems causing nursing crisis - Louise O'Reilly TD

23 October, 2018 - by Louise O'Reilly TD

Speaking in the Dáil this evening Sinn Féin Health spokesperson Louise O’Reilly TD has called out the Minister for Health on his refusal to address the core problems causing the nursing and midwifery recruitment and retention crisis.
Teachta O’Reilly said:
“For over two and a half years across all fora, I’ve been raising the nursing and midwifery recruitment and retention crisis with the Minister for Health and the government.
“For even longer nurses, midwives and their Unions have highlighted the crisis and they have proposed reasonable and responsible solutions on how to address it.
“Nurses and midwives have identified the core issues of working conditions, facilities, supports, training opportunities, and for the issue of pay to be addressed.
“However this has fallen on deaf ears in Government Buildings and the Department of Health
“This has not been lost on nurses; they have noticed the Minister’s refusal to address these core problems.
“Therefore, it is little wonder that with the continuation of these problems there is only one nursing application for every four nursing vacancies
“The Minister believes the proposals of the public service pay commission report have addressed these concerns. However, nurses and midwives belonging to the INMO voted by 94% to reject these proposals.
“The work and dedication of Irish nurses has been taken for granted with successive Ministers of Health failing to understand or address their situation.
“This serious situation has become even further compounded because the government is forcing nurses and midwives towards industrial action. 
“The Minister for Health advised that the agreement be public service pay commission agreement be protected, but Trade Unions are calling or the agreement to be renegotiated.
“The Minister should be quick to remember that governments were quick to call for the renegotiation of agreements to facilitate pay cuts.
“The Minister for Health and the government need to engage with nurses, midwives, and their unions as a matter of urgency and formulate a real plan which addresses the core problems of the crisis because things are teetering on the brink at the moment.”

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