Tuesday, 2 July 2013

Questions (662)

Seán Ó Fearghaíl

Question:

662. Deputy Seán Ó Fearghaíl asked the Minister for Health if he will address the concerns raised in correspondence (details supplied) regarding a public health nursing course; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [31713/13]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

The 2012 sponsored Student Public Health Nurse Graduate/Postgraduate Diploma recruitment campaign, which was advertised by the HSE with a closing date of 1st June 2012, advised candidates that, on successful completion of the training programme, they would be required to accept an initial assignment as a full-time Public Health Nurse, for a period of not less than two years, in the sponsoring Local Health Office/Integrated Service Area.

Candidates were subsequently advised that the terms and conditions of the Sponsorship Programme had changed and this change meant that there would be no guarantee of immediate PHN positions for candidates on successful completion of the programme. The programme commenced on 8th October 2012. Discussions involving HSE management and the INMO on the change to the terms and conditions have recently been held in the Labour Relations Commission. These discussions are continuing.