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Nurses’ leader Liam Doran says their exclusion from performing basic medical procedures is forcing up health service costs

Susan Mitchell

Deputy Editor and Health Editor @susmitchellsbp
9th October, 2010

The vast majority of Irish nurses do not do relatively simple procedures such as intravenous cannulations, which sees a tube inserted into the body to withdraw fluid or insert medication.

Newly qualified doctors are expected to do these from the first day.

For some reason, nobody seems able to explain why in Ireland the first dose of antibiotics or vitamins has to be overseen by a doctor.

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