Nurses Hopeful of Positive Outcome to Labour Court Hearing on Galway’s Student Nurses

Galway News, September 9, 2010 Nursing representatives say they are hopeful the Labour court will uphold a national agreement over the replacement of student nurses. Members of the INMO and HSE management appeared at a Labour Court hearing this morning over issue, and a ruling is expected in the next seven days. The HSE west is proposing the non-replacement of around 200 student nurses at hospitals across the west this month. However, a current agreement with the HSE maintains that students would be replaced on a 'two for one' basis, whereby one qualified nurse would replace two students. INMO spokesperson, Noreen Muldoon claims that without replacing these students, hospital beds and services will close.