HEALTH chiefs cut 804 nursing and midwifery jobs in the first 10 months of 2013, writes Joanna Kiernan.
This brought the total number of posts lost to the profession within the HSE to 5,133, or 13.5pc, since 2009. According to the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO), 71pc of the posts lost have been cut from frontline health services.
The INMO believes the figures confirm that the HSE is set to continue reducing frontline staff regardless of the effect on the standard of care available to patients, despite numerous commitments by both government and management to protect the frontline.
"Government and health service management have failed to protect frontline services through the maintenance of frontline posts," INMO general secretary Liam Doran said.