Nursing the system back to health

The proposal to cut the wages of student nurses has met opposition and nurses argue that it would be more worthwhile and cost-efficient to expand their scope of practice

Susan Mitchell

Deputy Editor and Health Editor @susmitchellsbp
19th February, 2011

Nurses and midwives are stepping up their campaign against plans to phase out - and ultimately eliminate - payments for their final-year student placement in hospitals.

More than 3,000 nurses and midwives participated in a protest march last Wednesday.

The Department of Health has said cutting the students’ pay would yield savings of €1.6 million in 2011. Between 2011 and 2014, it estimated, the move would deliver total savings of €38 million. After that, it would...

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