Health Minister announces €500,000 policy for Sexual Assault Treatment Units

The Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) has welcomed a new funding, staffing and policy package for Ireland's nurse-led Sexual Assault Treatment Units (SATUs).

Health Minister announces €500,000 policy for Sexual Assault Treatment Units

The Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) has welcomed a new funding, staffing and policy package for Ireland's nurse-led Sexual Assault Treatment Units (SATUs).

The €500,000 package was announced today by the Health Minister Simon HArris as part of a process following representations by the INMO on behalf of SATU nurses.

INMO General Secretary Phil Ní Sheaghdha said: Sexual assault treatment is specialist work, undertaken with great sensitivity and commitment by our members. Ireland’s six units are led and staffed by exceptionally dedicated nurses.[/quote]

“Sadly, the workload in this area has been increasing in recent years. The 25% increase in funding is welcome, and the INMO are glad to see the government take on board policy changes which will make a real difference both to frontline staff and those who find themselves in need of this service.

“There remain outstanding issues, but this is a strong starting point, and will make a measurable difference in the sector.”

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