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How will Budget 2017 nursing recruitment be better than the last campaign? – O’Reilly

13 October, 2016 - by Louise O'Reilly TD

Sinn Féin Health Spokesperson Louise O’Reilly TD has challenged the Minister for Health on how the announcement of the recruitment of 1000 nurses will differ from the previous HSE recruitment campaign, which was only successful in recruiting 8% of the target.

The Dublin Fingal said:

“The Minister’s Budget promises to provide much the same amount of services next year as it did this year. But what of the staff to make sure these services run?

“The Government have this week once again spoken of attracting people back to work in Ireland. They talk of additional recruitment. However, let’s not forget the big elephant in the room. The people have heard it all before. Dare I mention the HSE Bring them Home campaign for nurses?

“Media reports only this summer noted that the HSE recruitment campaign only succeeded in getting 92 to take up full-time jobs. The unions have confirmed less than 100. Some of these have actually since left. This was a targeted campaign for 1200 with a 8% success. And even that was questionable.

“The INMO have noted in the last week alone that in terms of total staffing we continue to have almost 4,000 less Nursing and Midwifery posts in the health service, than we had in 2008. 

“The fact is announcing the recruitment of 1,000 nurses is insufficient. It will fail like the previous campaign has. Going on the Government’s record the HSE will at best have 80 nurses out of this campaign. Meanwhile they will continue to spend around €2million a week on agency staff.

“While announcements are all well and good, what special measures do the Government intend to introduce to ensure that we do better than the 8% figure to date? We have seen repeatedly that recruitment campaigns without other measures to deal with overburdened staff with over stretched resources have failed.” 

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