Financial constraints are preventing the Saolta Hospital group from hiring, as Minister Harris promised, all graduating nurses for a twelve month contract.
In response to Midwest news today asking why Mayo and Galway graduating nurses were not all being offered jobs in their relevant hospital, Saolta says in a statement all final year student nurses have been interviewed and panelled. It says they hope to retain a significant percentage of their student nurses and have sought national approval to do this. However, the HSE, it claims, must comply with its statutory obligations and remain within its allocated budget. All the Hospital Groups, including Saolta, must work within the resources provided.
This morning on Midwest News the Cathaoirleach of Castlebar Municipal District, Independent cllr Michael Kilcoyne raised the plight of the graduating nurses in this region. He said that 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 that was not happening for nurses graduating from Mayo and Galway hospitals in a few weeks time.
In contrast it is the case for nurses graduating in Dublin and Cork
Minister Harris made the commitment, 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.