Friday, 6 September 2019

Questions (1344)

Niall Collins


1344. Deputy Niall Collins asked the Minister for Health if a reply will issue to the matter raised in correspondence (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [36722/19]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

With regards to offers of contracts in specific hospitals on graduation, my position has not changed.

Every graduate nurse and midwife should be offered a position in the Irish health service. This needs to be done in the context of the overall HSE recruitment budget. All hospitals are currently in the process of making every effort to retain graduates on this basis, and retaining graduate nurses through funded vacancies, service development posts, agency displacement and through anticipated rates of attrition.

Every effort is made to offer contracts within the existing service that a graduate is working within, and if not within the existing hospital, within their hospital group.

I have asked the HSE to respond directly to the Deputy with regards to your constituent specifically.