A Mayo Senator and GP says it’s outrageous that the majority of student nurses graduating next month, in Mayo and Galway, are not being offered jobs at Mayo University Hospital or Galway University Hospital.

This is despite a commitment by the Health Minister Simon Harris some months ago promising that all nurses graduating in Ireland this year, would be offered a position.

Fianna Fail Senator, Belmullet-based GP, Dr Keith Swanick has called on Minister Harris to clarify the situation, in the midst of the biggest recruitment and retention crisis in the HSE.

His comments come as the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation revealed (yesterday) that there are more than 1,300 nursing and midwifery posts vacant in Ireland's acute hospitals, because of a ban on recruitment.

Senator Swanick told Midwest Radio News that it makes no sense for the HSE to employ agency staff rather than permanent nurses who have been trained in Ireland.

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