17/01/2008

Cutbacks Hit Nurse Morale

Ireland's largest trade union has claimed that morale among nurses is at an all-time low.

SIPTU - which represents a minority of nurses in the Irish health system - has said that ongoing cutbacks by the Health Service Executive (HSE) have caused outrage among its members.

The HSE has also recently informed health staff that jobs left vacant during the recent recruitment freeze will not be refilled now that the embargo is over.

SIPTU is seeking an urgent meeting with Minister for Health Mary Harney to discuss the situation.

See: Nurses Back On Offensive Over Pay.

(BMcC)

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