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Fine Gael cuts off employment opportunities for newly-graduated nurses

16 August, 2019 - by Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire TD

Sinn Féin education spokesperson Deputy Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire has said the actions of Fine Gael and the HSE "feel like Groundhog Day" as another government cut off employment opportunities for newly-graduated nurses with their recruitment ban.

Speaking today, Teachta Ó Laoghaire said: 

“It has been relayed to me that student nurses in University Hospital Galway have been informed that only a tiny proportion of the graduating class would be given employment by the HSE, once they graduate in a few weeks’ time.

“The recruitment ban on full time staff is a ridiculous policy from the government and the HSE, and it is driving young nurses, doctors, and other medical professionals to emigrate in search of employment in the health sector.

“It is even more bizarre given that there is no equivocal ban on the employment of agency or temporary staff, a practice which has cost the health service €2.1 billion since Fine Gael took control of the health service in 2011."

Sinn Féin Local Area Representative for Galway City, Mairéad Farrell, has said;

“Like the majority of hospitals across the State, UHG is in need of nurses, and it makes no sense to turn away highly-skilled, well-trained graduate nurses.

“The recruitment ban must be overturned for full time staff, it makes no sense to implement a ban in the middle of a recruitment and retention crisis.

“There are many areas where savings can be made, and the waste of financial resources can be tackled, but the employment of full-time medical staff is not one of those areas."

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