INMO General Secretary, Phil Ní Sheaghdha.
The Budget’s €4 billion extra spending on the health service is much needed, but needs to be spent well, the INMO has said.
The union broadly welcomed the record investment, in particular the expected spending on:
The union will be seeking greater detail on the budget plans, along with a meeting with the Minister for Health. The union’s key additional budget priorities include:
INMO General Secretary, Phil Ní Sheaghdha, said: “This is a very welcome, substantial and much-needed increase in the health budget. The extra four billion is not only a necessary response to COVID, but recognition of the indispensable work that our members do in the health service every single day.
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“Health funding cannot be like a tap – switched on and off from year to year. We need to see multi-annual, clear commitments to building capacity, getting staffing right, and moving to a universal healthcare model. The money needs to be spent well.
“There are clear funding needs in the short term for COVID, but the government cannot take its eye off the ball for medium and long-term reforms.
“That means a scientific method for safe staffing in all care settings, implementing the long-overdue maternity strategy, and building up Ireland’s capacity to train and retain nurses and midwives.”
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