So what if there are 56,800 nurses in Ireland? They’re not working for the HSE. The public system has 34,509 posts (“Our nursing shortage: fact or myth?”, 25/10/2015); that’s less than the OECD average of nine per thousand of population.
The myth that Ireland has “too many nurses” has been very destructive for patient care. In contrast to the executives quoted, my experience is that specialist posts are filled, but in-patient wards...
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