Sunday 24 September 2017

Varadkar set to announce 500 new nursing positions

Health Minister Leo Varadkar
Health Minister Leo Varadkar
Niall O'Connor

Niall O'Connor

HEALTH Minister Leo Varadkar will today announce the creation of 500 new nursing posts in a bid to alleviate the pressures on the health system.

Dr Varadkar will pledge to invest heavily in the ambulance service which he says will result in a reduction in response times of 20 minutes in some cases.

"It will take us several years to rebuild our health service, and we are only just getting started, but the cycle of cuts is over. I want the message to go out from here to our doctors, nurses and therapists in England, Australia and the Middle-East that it's time to consider coming home and being part of the health service recovery in Ireland," Dr Varadkar will say.

"Recruitment of nurses is underway again and this year the number of nurses directly employed in our public health service will increase by more than 500. That's on top of any increase in mental health nurses."

The minister will also detail investment in the ambulance service. Parts of the West will see a 20-minute reduction in response times as a result, he says.

Irish Independent

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