Press Release

Martin meets Nursing Directors on Dublin Shortages

The Minister for Health and Children, Micheál Martin T.D., yesterday (Tuesday, 10 October 2000) met a delegation representing the Directors of Nursing of the acute teaching hospitals in Dublin to discuss the current shortage of nursing and midwifery staff.

The Directors outlined their professional concerns about the impact of the shortages, informed the Minister of various initiatives undertaken by them to encourage the recruitment and retention of nurses and midwives in their hospitals, and put forward a number of proposals for consideration.

Minister Martin said that he found the meeting very useful and informative. The Directors had given him a valuable insight into the difficulties confronting senior nurse managers at the coalface. He would take their views into account in the context of developing further measures for addressing the nursing shortage. However, the Minister made it clear to the delegation that the appropriate forum for dealing with nurses’ pay rates was the Benchmarking Body established under the Programme for Prosperity and Fairness.