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Surgeons welcome introduction of operating theatre assistants

New clinical disciplines believed to be key to reducing staff shortages

Susan Mitchell

Deputy Editor and Health Editor

3rd February, 2019
Nurses strike outside the Eye and Ear Hospital on Adelaide Road in Dublin 2 Pic: Fergal Phillips

Surgeons have welcomed the move to introduce a new grade of healthcare staff, called operating theatre assistants, at one of the biggest hospitals in the country. Operating theatre assistants are widely used to carry out non-nursing duties that are currently done by nurses, but their introduction has been resisted by the nursing union (the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation).

The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) said that the introduction of new clinical disciplines...

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