Press Release

Statement by the Minister for Health and Children, Mary Harney T.D., on the decision of the INO and PNA to engage with the NIB

The Minister for Health and Children, Mary Harney T.D. today welcomed the engagement of the National Implementation Body to address issues in the current nurses dispute.

“I think the involvement of Congress and the NIB offers the best prospect of finding a satisfactory solution and I guarantee that my Department and the HSE will engage fully and positively in the process.”

The Minister said the Government wants to see nurses fully involved in benchmarking and the broader partnership arrangement as a means to finding solutions to their industrial relations issues.

“I am a strong supporter of empowering nurses to deliver better services for patients.”

“We have great scope for changed work practices and working arrangements throughout the health sector which would result in more efficient and responsive services for patients as well as bringing benefits for staff.”