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HSE Renege On Employment Agreement For Newly- Qualified Nurses In Sligo General Hospital. 12/07/07
INO Condemns HSE’s Policy As Short-Sighted And Uneconomical

Press Release, Thursday 12th July 2007

The Irish Nurses Organisation has called upon the Health Service Executive to reverse their policy whereby newly-qualified nurses in Sligo are being advised to join an agency instead of being offered contracts to work in the hospital.  This is despite an agreement with the HSE in 2006 that all such students in 2006 and 2007 would be offered six-month contracts.

Noel Treanor, INO Industrial Relations Officer in the North West said:

This reneging on an agreement by the HSE is a terrible decision and is once more driving locally-trained nurses away.  It is all the more ridiculous as management have admitted that employment through an agency is of greater cost to the HSE.”

Mr Treanor went on: “The reasoning given by the HSE is that there is a cap on posts.  Therefore, an arbitrary cap imposed by the Department of Finance is having the effect of driving up costs and putting tax-payer’s money directly into the hands of a third party, notwithstanding the impact upon recruitment, retention and the ultimate provision of services.

Mr Treanor indicated that some newly-qualified nurses had already sought positions in Castlebar, Limerick and Dublin.  The INO has urged the HSE to revert to the 2006 agreement and have sought that the issue be raised at national level.


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