- Government must engage in forthcoming talks
The Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) welcomes the acknowledgement, in the report from the Public Service Pay Commission (PSPC) issued today, that there are recruitment and retention difficulties, which require examination, affecting nursing and midwifery in the Irish public health service.
The INMO also notes, as we had anticipated, that the Commission, in this report, was not in a position to make any specific recommendations in relation to the remuneration of particular groups of public servants. However, against the background of today’s report, it is imperative that this recruitment and retention crisis, affecting nursing and midwifery, be the subject of comprehensive examination, whenever the parties (government and public service unions) commence discussions.
In addition, in these discussions, the INMO will also join, with our colleague public service unions, in seeking early restoration of incomes, cut in recent years, and the protection of the value of retirement income.
Speaking this afternoon INMO General Secretary Liam Doran said:
“The report from the Public Service Pay Commission has confirmed, as the INMO has consistently argued, that recruitment and retention is a serious issue throughout all areas of nursing and midwifery.
In this context the forthcoming talks must provide for direct engagement, leading to significant progress, on addressing this crisis”.
Mr. Doran concluded:
“The negative impact, on the health service, of nursing/midwifery shortages, is self-evident. The Pay Commission has now confirmed the need for the matter to be the subject of detailed consideration in the negotiations due to begin shortly.
These discussions must deliver the increase in pay, in the form of parity with other health professionals, required to ensure Ireland competes, with other countries, for the scarce resource of nursing and midwifery."