Press Release

Minister Callely opens Magnet 2003 Conference – Excellence in Health Care – Exploring the Global Magnet Experience

Mr. Ivor Callely, TD, Minister of State at the Department of Health and Children today (Wednesday, 19th November) opened the Magnet 2003 Conference – Excellence in Health Care – Exploring the Global Magnet Experience at the Grand Hotel, Malahide, Co. Dublin.

The Minister stated that international trends and developments in healthcare are reflected in the Irish healthcare system. The American “Magnet System” aims to recruit and retain nursing staff by providing good nursing practice environments. The Minister also stated that the recommendations for integrated workforce planning, An Action Plan for People Management and measures for making the health services the employer of choice will assist greatly in the recruiting, retaining and developing our nurses.

Minister Callely emphasised the Government´s commitment to the Health Reform Programme and the pivotal role nurses and midwives have in the reconfiguration of services. He noted that the potential for the development of nursing roles is underpinned by the transfer of pre-registration nurse education to the third level sector. “The scope for enhancing the role of nurses and midwives should be explored in detail in the two pilot regions, with a view to national implementation”, stated the Minister.

The Minister also stated the Reform Programme is about far more than changing structures. It deals with a range of changes in governance, accountability, planning, financial management and control systems which will really be the key to achieving the real change that the public, the patient and the client expect of the health system in today’s world.