Deputy Tom Hayes TD has welcomed the sanctioning of 23 nursing and midwifery posts at South Tipp General Hospital.
Following much lobbying on the issue, given the recent hike in trolley numbers at the hospital, Minister Hayes says he is delighted to announce the appointment by the Department of Health of two midwifery posts, four locums to cover maternity leave in the department, as well as 17 nursing appointments. Minister Hayes said: “After much lobbying to Minister Reilly, I am delighted to announce that two posts have been filled permanently since November of 2013, while four locums are now in place to cover maternity leave. While in General nursing, approval has been given for 9 permanent and 8 temporary appointments. One permanent position has been made with effect from October 2013, one has agreed a start date of next month and the remaining 7 are awaiting a start date. The National Recruitment Service were unable to fill the remaining vacancies so these will be advertised locally. It has also been agreed that the remaining 1 WTE temporary approved vacancy will be suppressed to facilitate the essential recruitment of an advanced Nurse practitioner.” He concluded: “This announcement shows that the Government is not only committed to resolving the overcrowding problem but also committed to the future of South Tipp General Hospital.”