INMO members to attend Dail at 3.30p.m. today to hear debate on recruitment and retention crisis and pay inequalities affecting nurses and midwives
The Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation welcomes the fact that the critical issues affecting the professions of nursing and midwifery will today be debated by the Oireachtas. Members of the INMO will attend the Dáil at 3.30p.m. to hear the debate, on a Private Members’ motion, proposed by Sinn Féin, which calls for the issues of pay and the recruitment and retention crisis affecting the professions to be addressed.
The INMO has written to all party leaders over the past fortnight to establish their party’s position in respect of this critical issue and will be very interested in the positions articulated during this afternoon’s debate.
As we enter a new phase in healthcare delivery, requiring a significant increase in nursing and midwifery numbers to deliver fully on the Sláinteccare Report, the Bed Capacity Report and the Maternity Strategy, this debate is timely, and necessary, as the assumption that we have sufficient nursing and midwifery staff is simply not the case. We currently have 2,229 WTE less nurses and midwives than in 2007.
Recruitment and retention difficulties are currently being examined by the PSPC, which is due to report in June 2018. The INMO has a commitment from DPER that within one month of the recommendations issuing from the PSPC they will meet the INMO and other nursing unions regarding implementation.
INMO General Secretary, Phil Ni Sheaghdha said:
“The INMO welcomes this debate today in the Oireachtas. The crisis facing nursing and midwifery has never been more urgently in need of unified political will to address the inequalities in pay in these female dominated professions.
Hospital overcrowding, in the first three months of 2018, has surpassed all records and working conditions have deteriorated considerably for nursing/midwifery staff. It is now accepted by government that hospital capacity needs to be urgently increased, however this will not be possible without real and sustained investment in the retention of nurses and midwives.
To address the current shortages, and build the workforce to match capacity expansion, requires the pay inequality issues throughout the nursing and midwifery pay scales to be addressed without any further delay or procrastination. The Nursing Framework report, supported by excellent research from UCC, shows that investing in safe nurse staffing and skill mix saves lives, drives efficiency, improves patient outcomes and increases staff morale.”