Irish Nurses to HSE: ‘If you want nurses – pay them’

Irish nurses will today tell the HSE that if you want to recruit and retain nurses – you need to pay them.

The Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation are holding a symposium in Dublin later to discuss the problem of understaffing in the health service and the resulting overcrowding in hospital A&Es.

It follows a record-breaking August in Irish hospitals, where 8,000 people were forced to wait on trolleys for care.

Today again there are a very high number of patients on trolleys at Sligo and Letterkenny University Hospitals with 21 people waiting at each hospital.

INMO General Secretary Phil Ni Sheaghdha says the State needs to look at how it’s treating its staff: