"What struck me were the chants that I heard (from the picket lines) proclaiming the need for safe staffing, while the key staff essential for running the services in the building behind them are outside on the picket line," said Minister Harris.
Everybody is in favour of the nurses. Before, during, and after the nurses’ strike last Wednesday, it was obvious that there was huge public support for their cause. Whether that support is based entirely on emotion or grounded in reason is a moot point.
A health systems expert says that the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) needs to clarify what exactly they are looking for, and that the Department of Health is “actively misleading” the public with the figures it is publishing on nursing pay rates.