Government cannot continue to take nurses and midwives for granted – Denise Mitchell TD
Sinn Féin Spokesperson for Children and Youth Affairs Denise Mitchell TD has accused the Government of taking nurses and midwives for granted.
Speaking during a Sinn Féin Private Member’s Motion on Wednesday she called for better pay and conditions for nursing staff and for the Government to work towards retaining qualified staff and attracting new graduates:
“Nurses and midwives across the state are working incredibly hard to keep our health service afloat despite being under such enormous pressure. But the Health Minister needs to realise that words of thanks and appreciation for these staff is simply not enough. Many feel they are being taken for granted.
“They are working long hours, they are under-resourced, they are under immense pressure and they are not being particularly well paid. This has to change.
“If it does not, and if this crisis in our health service is left to fester – then our health service will be in a much worse situation than it already is.”
Deputy Mitchell also called for more action to encourage recently-qualified nurses and midwives to stay in the Irish public health system:
“We need to attract these new graduates by showing them that they can progress their careers here in Ireland. And we need pay equality for nurses. So the Government must work with unions on this - as well as issues around working conditions and upskilling.”