Troubling Suspension of Cork Psychiatric Nurse

[speaking in the Seanad during Order of Business] I ask the Leader for clarification from the Minister for Health on the circumstances of a somewhat troubling event that occurred in Cork in the South Lee mental health services over the past several weeks. One of the nursing staff is also a member of the Psychiatric … Continue reading

Nurses Retention Fee: Further hospital crisis imminent if NMBI don’t respond appropriately

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Speaking in the Seanad during my commencement debate on “the urgent need for the Minister for Health to outline the contingency plan to prevent an effective shutdown of hospitals in the event of mass un-registering of nurses by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI) on March 2nd.” Watch video of debate here: An … Continue reading

Reverse decision to increase nurses retention scheme

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[Speaking in the Seanad during Adjournment Matters: Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland] [Text of the adjournment request submitted by Senator John Crown: “Recognising the recent decision by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI) to increase the nurse’s retention fee and in light of the existing financial pressures and wage cutbacks incurred by … Continue reading

Statements on the current state for our health system, to Minister Varadkar

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[Speaking in the Seanad during ‘Statements on Health Services’ debate] I welcome the Minister. I wish him the best in his efforts to try to reform the health service. The Minister does not need my advice in this regard but I urge him to remain firm and steadfast in respect of the national children’s hospital. … Continue reading

Have the cuts in health expenditure resulted in any savings?

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[Speaking in the Seanad during Order of Business] It is a given that the country found itself in a very difficult situation financially and found itself making what have been called difficult choices, clearly choices that were more difficult for some than for others, over the last few years. The two parties in the Government … Continue reading

Hospital services and the need for reform

Speaking during Seanad debate on Hospital Services I will take a moment to compliment the Minister on the good work he is doing on the Protection of Life during Pregnancy Bill. It has not been an easy passage but the Minister has addressed it while others have neglected it. When the story of these times … Continue reading

Nursing Education

…….. I welcome and urge implementation of an increased curricular emphasis on gerontology, geriatric medicine and nursing, and care of the elderly. This is critically important not only in nursing care but also in medical care – I believe it is fundamental. …. the precedent of psychiatric nursing, which has followed a somewhat unique model … Continue reading

Nursing and the elderly, part of a debate on gerontic nursing

There should be a mandate, especially for those in nursing leadership positions, to have postgraduate qualifications. That is how these qualifications attract esteem and how to attract more people to these positions. There is a difficulty in recruiting staff to work in this area, but it should be acknowledged that it is a difficult area … Continue reading

Defending the Nurses

Defending the nurses

Sunday Independent – 7th April 2007 The True Culprits in the Nurses Dispute. During the past week we have been treated to the sorry-no more correctly, the sickening-spectacle of a powerful, relatively well-paid vested interest group of health care professionals, abandoning those cherished values of compassion kindness and understanding which many citizens previously and naively … Continue reading

HSE are the real villains of the piece

Published in Sunday Independent, 8 April, 2007 DURING the past week we have been treated to the sorry spectacle of a powerful, relatively well-paid vested interest group of health care professionals abandoning those cherished values of compassion, kindness and understanding which many citizens previously and naively assumed had motivated their professional actions. In the process, … Continue reading