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Students' pay to be gone by 2015

Student nurses get €16,688 during a mandatory 36-week placement in the final year of their degree.

From the start of this year, this pay scale has also been reduced due to a 10pc cut in the pay of new recruits in the public sector. The Government unveiled plans before Christmas to cut their pay from 80pc to 76pc of the staff rate in 2011, which will lower it to €14,276.

Their pay will be cut until it is just 40pc of staff nurse rates in 2014, before ending in 2015.

Irish Independent