Surgeons welcome introduction of operating theatre assistants

Surgeons welcome introduction of operating theatre assistants
Nurses strike outside the Eye and Ear Hospital on Adelaide Road in Dublin 2 Pic: Fergal Phillips

New clinical disciplines believed to be key to reducing staff shortages

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).

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