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HSE nursing and midwifery recruitment proposals fall short of expectations

SIPTU Nursing representatives today (Tuesday, 24th January) held talks, under the auspices of the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) with senior management at the Health Service Executive (HSE), the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform and the Department of Health, to discuss HSE nurses recruitment and retention proposals.

SIPTU Divisional Organiser, Paul Bell said; “The talks concluded this evening on the basis management obtain accurate figures on staffing levels and clarify the pathway for recruitment and to outline where the funding will come from to resource the nursing and midwifery grades already agreed in Budget 2017. The unions have put forward a position seeking that the HSE commit to restoring staffing levels to pre-crisis levels. The proposals as they stand, fall short of our expectations.”

SIPTU Sector Organiser, Kevin Figgis said; “The HSE has committed to reverting by Friday we will then evaluate the potential for further progress to be made.”

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