Press Release

Implementation of Recommendations of the Commission on Nursing Second Annual Progress Report of the Monitoring Committee 2001

The Minister for Health and Children, Mr Micheál Martin T.D. today welcomed the Second Annual Progress Report of the Monitoring Committee. The Second Annual Report of the Monitoring Committee established by the Minister for Health and Children to oversee progress in the implementation of the recommendations contained in the Report of the Commission on Nursing A Blueprint for the Future, has issued. It outlines the further progress made during 2001 in achieving targets set out in the Priority Action Plan for 2000 and 2001 agreed between the Department of Health and Children and the Nursing Alliance.

The Monitoring Committee is pleased to note that the Government provided a further €15.24 million in 2001 for initiatives under the Priority Action Plan. This brings to €27.9 million in total the amount made available since 2000 for the implementation of the Commission on Nursing´s recommendations set out in the Plan.

The Monitoring Committee particularly welcomes the announcement by the Minister for Health and Children on 1 November 2001 of Government approval for his proposals for the implementation of degree level education for nursing students in 2002, and for the substantial additional capital and revenue funding required to underpin the development. This decision will implement a central recommendation of the Commission on Nursing, and will finally put the education of nurses on a par with that of other health care professionals.

The Monitoring Committee is pleased, in particular, with the continuing increase in the number of student nursing places and, in particular, with the high uptake of places on both the General and Psychiatric nursing education programmes in 2001.

The Monitoring Committee has agreed a new Action Plan for the implementation of further recommendations of the Commission on Nursing during 2002 and 2003.

Minister Martin said “I am delighted, together with the Monitoring Committee, to acknowledge the significant progress which has been made to date in the implementation of the recommendations in the Commission on Nursing Report and look forward to continued progress in the coming year”.