Hospitals outside Dublin are 'not hiring new midwives'
Although the three Dublin maternity hospitals, which conduct their own recruitment, are offering contracts to newly graduated midwives, the remaining 16 HSE-run units are delaying hiring new staff, the Midwives Association warned yesterday.
They said there is "no sense" as to whether the graduates will receive contracts of employment in the coming weeks or months "if at all".
Many of the newly graduated students have reported "they have no alternative at this stage, due to ongoing financial commitments - rent, mortgage or need to provide for themselves - but to book flights to the UK or Australia, where there are also midwife shortages but where there is proactive recruitment".
The midwives group said it noted the CAO entry points were significantly reduced this year for midwifery, a reflection perhaps of reduced interest in what is increasingly perceived to be a profession under threat, working in "a service in crisis" as shown by recent and continuing reports of suboptimal service and health outcomes for women and their babies.
The HSE has said it must continue to exercise employment controls for some time yet.