Cork University Hospital (CUH) will become the first public hospital in the country to introduce operating theatre assistants.
The move is likely to be replicated at other hospitals, as it is believed it can help alleviate waiting lists. Many hospitals are struggling to recruit theatre nurses, which is forcing theatre closures and limiting the number of operations that can be carried out.
The breakthrough will be of interest to the government, as 40,000 nurses across...
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