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Friday, 8th February 2019

Fine Gael playing hardball with nurses – Munster

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Deputy Imelda Munster joined INMO members on the picket line outside the Lourdes Hospital this week.

Crisis in recruitment and retention set to continue

In a week that saw irish nurses and midwives ramping up their industrial action and taking to the picket line twice, Sinn Féin TD Imelda Munster has called on the government to deal with the matter of poor pay and conditions for workers in the health service to find a remedy to the ongoing INMO dispute.

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

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

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

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“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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