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Kathleen Funchion TD demands nurses and midwives should have the respect, pay and working conditions they deserve

25 April, 2018 - by Kathleen Funchion TD

Sinn Féin TD for Carlow-Kilkenny Kathleen Funchion spoke in support of nurses receiving adequate pay in the Dáil this afternoon on Sinn Féin’s bill on Nursing Pay and Recruitment.

Teachta Funchion said;

"I huge respect for nurses and midwives and the very demanding role that they carry out within our health service.

“They are at the frontline and often are dealing with very difficult situations.They are often expected to act as councillors and social workers as well as their medical duties as patients often open up to them more and feel they can ask them more questions.

“While there are many valid criticisms of our health service at present, people will regularly say 'the nurses were great, they really did their best, I don’t know how they do it'.

“I have had many experiences with nurses and midwives in St Luke’s Hospital Kilkenny and I couldn’t commend them enough, they are absolutely excellent and always positive.

“The work of nurses and midwives is often thankless, demanding work and they deserve better working condition and better pay.

“It is another sector which is predominantly female, over 90%, and which is in this position of requesting pay restoration.

“Action speaks louder than words and I call on you Minister to take action on this issue and give nurses the respect, working conditions and pay that they deserve.

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