'Irish hospitals are so backward compared to here' - UK-based Irish nurse on new HSE recruitment drive
An Irish nurse, working at a London Hospital since April 2012, has said the latest HSE recruitment programme will not tempt her to move back to Ireland for work.
Lauren Irwin (26) from Rathfarnham in Dublin said, "The staffing levels at the hospital I work at in London are so much better than at home.
"On the whole the hospital is managed in a much more efficient way."
The HSE are currently attempting to attract 500 Irish nurses to come home, offering them free flights and relocation expenses worth €1,500.
Lauren told independent.ie that salary considerations are not her primary concern, adequate working conditions are the most important thing in her mind.
"I'm so supported here by the hospital management and by the National Health Service itself.
"You have to be content in the workplace. Pay comes second." she said.
Lauren said that on the whole, patients receive better care at hospitals in the UK.
"There's nobody lying on a trolley for two or three days. That wouldn't be tolerated here. But it's still accepted in Ireland," she said.
She added that she had received an email from Tallaght Hospital in relation to recruitment.
"I got sent lots of information on the recruitment drive this morning.
"I can't see many people taking them up on it.
"One of my friends moved home to Ireland recently after working in the UK for a few years.
"He was in total shock at how bad things still are in Irish hospitals." she said.