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Taoiseach must engage with Nurses & Midwives Union Representatives – Pearse Doherty TD

15 January, 2019 - by Pearse Doherty TD

Sinn Féin Dáil Deputy Leader Pearse Doherty has told the Taoiseach Leo Varadkar that he must engage with Union representatives of Nurses & Midwives who are set to engage in strike action. The Donegal TD was speaking to Taoiseach Varadkar at Leaders’ Questions earlier today.

In just over a fortnight’s time, members of the INMO are due to commence industrial action, with a series of 24-hour stoppages planned over the coming weeks.

Teachta Doherty said;

“Strike action is the last thing that nurses and midwives - or any medical professional for that matter - wants to have to undertake Taoiseach, but our nurses and midwives have been forced to undertake such action as a result of the ignorance, arrogance, and ineptitude of you and your government.

“Nurses, midwives and their Unions have continuously sought proper engagement with the Minister for Health, as well as the Minister for Finance, to address the problem of staff shortages, as well pay issues, to avert industrial action but their concerns have been routinely ignored.

“It is staff in our hospitals who have acted in a responsible and mature manner. You however, have decided to disengage.

“Nurses and midwives deserve our full support in their demand for a better health service that treats them as essential, skilled workers with dignity and value.

"For years now, nurses and midwives and their Unions have offered up realistic proposals to try and address it.

“In April last year, the Dáil also passed a Sinn Féin motion calling for the introduction of recruitment and retention measures based on realistic proposals which prioritise pay.

“Will you now concede that you have failed to tackle the recruitment and retention crisis Taoiseach? Will you accept that pay is an issue that needs to be addressed?

“Will you now commit to a proper engagement with Unions so that our nurses and midwives get what they deserve - a fair deal?”

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