Saturday 24 March 2018

HSE slave labour

Sir -- As a nurse manager, and one who is appalled to see how the Government couldn't resist one more attack on the nursing profession -- the phasing out of intern nurse salaries -- Florence Hogan's article is very sad, albeit not surprising.

It is difficult to understand how any nurse could possibly agree to allow an intern nurse work days, weekends and nights, make critical decisions regarding patient care, in many cases be the difference in a patient's speedy recovery, and expect them to do this for free.

Ms Hogan clearly has a problem with the nurses' union, and even though she got the true facts regarding the abolition of intern nurses pay from this union, she had to use her 'cynical sieve' to process this information.

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