Independent TD Mattie McGrath has said that the proposed salary for graduate nurses is an insult to those who we entrust our lives to and should not be accepted. The HSE recently announced plans to recruit 1000 new graduates at a salary of 80% of the proper stated salary of just €22000 per annum, however there has been significant opposition to the proposal.
“The fact is that these are not new, additional or extra posts. The initiative simply involves the displacement of 1000 agency or temporary staff replacing them with new graduates on a lower salary. These newly graduated nurses will have the same responsibilities and duties as all other nurses but will be paid significantly less. The fact is also that newly qualified nurses will have incurred a cut of €11,740 in just three years and this quite frankly is an insult to those who care for our sick” said Deputy McGrath
“We all understand that cuts have to be made within the HSE and I did not want to be opposing this measure simply to oppose but I cannot stand by and watch our front-line staff hit with such viscous cuts, while the layers and layers of pen pushers remain in the HSE.”
“Many have said they are lucky to get employment, however, this is bigger than that. We entrust these nurses with our lives, they have spent four years training and now the Government want to pay them less than what Checkout staff at Aldi are paid. Students will avoid the profession and we will force our well qualified nurses out of the Country.” Continued McGrath
Deputy McGrath has called on the Government to remove the salary reduction from the proposed graduate placement programme and to employ the nursing graduates at the current rate which was cut to €27,211 in February 2012.