Despite a promise by Minister Simon Harris that all graduating nurses would be offered a 12 month contract on graduation in an attempt to address the shortage of nurses in our hospitals, that is not happening for nurses graduating from Mayo and Galway hospitals in a few weeks time.

Minister Harris made the promise, after nurses nationally had taken strike action last year, and among the issues they highlighted was the problem of retention of nurses in hospitals and the volume of young graduating nurses that were emigrating.

However, the Cathaoirleach of Castlebar Municipal District ,Independent cllr Michael Kilcoyne says he has become aware that while in Dublin and Cork hospitals the Minister’s promise is being honoured , at present in Mayo and Galway hospitals, students who will graduate in a few weeks time, having finished their placements in the hospitals, have been interviewed and put on panels, but the majority of them have not been offered a twelve month contract.

The Cathaoirleach says the situation is completely unacceptable and has accused Minister Harris of, again, failing to deliver on commitments.

Midwest News has sought clarification from the Saolta Hospital group on the situation and we are awaiting a response.

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