Thursday 30 March 2017

Health service losing too many frontline staff

It is quite shocking to think that over the past five years our health service has lost twice as many nurses as administrators. At a time when services continue to be stretched, sometimes to almost unbearable levels, it is disheartening to learn that since 2007, 5,197 nurses have left the service, compared with 2,917 administrators.

The public service seems to go in for 'across the board' rather than targeted redundancy programmes, which have the effect of incentivising those who can easily get another job to leave.

It seems that some of the nurses have been replaced by lower-grade 'healthcare assistants', who carry out non-clinical tasks for patients, and have a place in our hospitals. But in terms of costs alone it is dispiriting to think of the money the State has invested in their education and then encouraged them to walk away.

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