Better pay may help us keep our homegrown healthcare talent
The Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) is calling for a special deal for groups such as nurses and doctors in pay talks, in light of continuing shortages of staff numbers in hospitals. This is having a huge impact on patient care, writes Eilish O'Regan (Irish Independent, June 8).
A spokesperson for Our Lady's Children's Hospital in Crumlin said that she would like to see a Dublin weighting allowance, which would give nurses in the capital extra allowances to cover the cost of higher rent. Incentives like that, and also better pay and conditions, might attract home again the huge number of talented young nurses and doctors who have emigrated from our shores in recent years.
This shortage of healthcare professionals has created a major problem for our hospitals countrywide, as they grapple with overcrowding and a continuing backlog of patients on ever-increasing waiting lists.