Reilly looks to extend graduate scheme to other areas of health service

Reilly looks to extend graduate scheme to other areas of health service

Health Minister James Reilly has said that he would like to see a scheme – which will see the hiring of 1,000 graduate nurses and midwives – expanded to other areas of the health service.

The extra staff will be given a two-year contract but will be paid 20% less than a staff nurse.

It is believed the HSE will save around €10m next year as a result of the recruitment drive.

The Minister was criticised today by his former Junior Minister Roisín Shortall who highlighted lengthy waiting lists for primary care services such as speech and language therapy and physiotherapy.

Minister Reilly said that a similar graduate programme could help.

"I want to see similar opportunities afforded to people who have studied physiotherapy," he said.

"[They] got 550 points in their Leaving [Certificate exam], done four years in Trinity [College], and many of them can't find a job when they come out.

"They're not able to sit up on their own, as it were - but given a couple of years' experience, they would be well fit to go into primary care, where we need them, and need them badly."


More in this Section

German lawyer who represents Qatari human rights victims claims his email has been hackedGerman lawyer who represents Qatari human rights victims claims his email has been hacked

Irish pharmacies see rush for protective masks and sanitiser amid coronavirus fearsIrish pharmacies see rush for protective masks and sanitiser amid coronavirus fears

Gardaí seek help to find missing Vasile Tsapchuk Gardaí seek help to find missing Vasile Tsapchuk

Covid-19 fears prompt judge to ask coughing woman to leave courtroomCovid-19 fears prompt judge to ask coughing woman to leave courtroom


Lifestyle

Posh Cork's agony aunt: sorting out Cork people for ages.Ask Audrey: why aren't William and Kate coming to Cork?

Festival season approaches, legends come to the Opera House, and a young Irish phenomenon continues to impact on UK telly, writes Arts Editor Des O'Driscoll.Scene and Heard: 'the major voice of a generation'

In advance of this weekend’s Ortús festival of chamber music in Cork, musician and co-organiser Mairead Hickey talks violins with Cathy Desmond.Máiréad Hickey: ‘If money was no object, it would be lovely to play a Stradivarius’

Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason is thrilled to be playing the band’s older material in a new group that he’s bringing to Ireland. But what chances of a final reunion, asks Richard Purden.Pink Floyd's Nick Mason: over the moon

More From The Irish Examiner