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Crisis in recruitment and retention set to continue as Fine Gael play hard ball with nurses - Imelda Munster TD

7 February, 2019 - by Imelda Munster TD

Sinn Féin TD for Louth and East Meath, Imelda Munster has called on the government to deal with the matter of poor pay and conditions for workers in our health service in order to find a remedy to the ongoing INMO dispute which has seen nurses and midwives taking to the picket line on Tuesday and Thursday this week.

Speaking in the Dáil this week, Deputy Munster asked the Minister for Finance to accept that the issues that have led to the strike need to be addressed if a resolution is to be found.

Imelda Munster said:

“The government needs to admit that its recruitment drive has been a dismal failure.

“Irish nurses working across the globe are sending messages of solidarity to their striking colleagues and encouraging them to stand up for themselves, remain strong and stay out.

“Irish nurses working abroad will never come home to work in the profession they love because of the poor pay and conditions on offer and gross under-staffing.

“Newly qualified nurses and midwives are getting on the first plane out of this place.

“The problem of staffing cannot be addressed until the issue of poor pay and conditions is addressed. That is why the Government's recruitment drive has fallen flat on its face and on deaf ears.

“Nurses are striking for that good reason and the public is behind them. They don’t want to be on strike. The government can ensure that they get back to work by listening to them and addressing their issues.

“This government needs to get its head out of the sand and deal with the reality that until it addresses the issue of poor pay and conditions, the recruitment and retention crisis is set to continue indefinitely.”

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