Where are all our Midwives gone?

A major survey of staffing levels in Ireland’s maternity hospitals has identified a ‘critical shortage’ of midwives. According to the findings from the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO), no maternity hospital or unit in the country has the internationally recommended midwife-to-birth ratio of 1:29.5 births. The ratio currently varies … Continue reading

St Columcille’s Hospital, Loughlinstown – Services to close?

There have been calls on Health Minister James Reilly to clarify the Government’s position on the future of services at St Columcille’s Hospital in Loughlinstown. It had been suggested that the 24-hour Accident and Emergency unit would close and the hospital would only operate a daytime minor injury service. The … Continue reading

Our Student Nurses – easy targets for the Government?

Student nurses are threatening to take industrial action in protest at Government moves to cut their pay. The student nurses’ pay is to be cut and eventually phased out. Students currently get 80% of the minimum rate staff nurse salary during a nine-month placement in hospitals. Under the pay cut … Continue reading