Yellowpack scheme 'to hit patients' care'
PATIENT care will suffer as qualified nurses and trained healthcare assistants are replaced with "yellowpack" recruits and interns, an Oireachtas committee was told.
The plan amounts to an "untenable manpower policy" because it does not recognise the need for specialist staff, nurses leader Liam Doran, pictured, told the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Health and Children. "A blanket ban on recruitment, other than through two intern schemes, is fundamentally flawed."
He said it would be "injurious to patient care and will certainly negatively impact upon patients welfare, and, ultimately, outcome".
The latest HSE plan explicitly states that the health service in the care of the elderly and disability services will move to a 40/60 skill mix.
That means 40pc registered nurses and 60pc support staff.
"No consultation or engagement has taken place, with regard to this fundamental change in policy," said Mr Doran.