Friday 6 December 2019

Politicians continue to punish hard-working nurses

• Dear TDs and senators,

I am a staff nurse working in the oncology services in St James's hospital and living in Kinsealy.

I am writing to complain about the recently proposed nursing and midwifery pay scale.

The pay-scale history of a newly qualified nurse has gone from €33,470 annually to the proposed €22,000.

This means that newly qualified nurses and midwives will have incurred a cut of €11,470 in just three years.

Only nurses seem to be consistently singled out, other health professionals such as physiotherapists, speech and language therapists, dietitians and pharmacists never seem to have the same burdens placed on them.

After voting you into government, it is a very poor way of representing us, your constituents.

As nurses we never had it good in the "boom", unlike other sectors.

We do an honest day's work for what is becoming a dishonest day's pay again unlike other members of the public. Therefore, we are again being punished for our hard work.

I hope you and yours do not have the misfortune of having to attend our services in the near future as it will be then too late to realise the hard work we do and the pressures we are under for very little recompense.

AnnaMarie McKenna
Acting oncology liaison nurse,
St James's Hospital, Dublin 8

Irish Independent

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