Fianna Fáil Press Office
Cllr Paul McAuliffe
Dublin North-West

22 February 2016

Irish nurses who trained abroad can’t get jobs at home – McAuliffe

Fianna Fáil candidate for Dublin North-West Cllr Paul McAuliffe has warned that Irish nurses who trained abroad cannot get jobs at home while recent documents from the HSE show that Beaumont Hospital is short 116 nursing staff.

“When I was canvassing yesterday I met a woman who told me that her daughter had trained as a nurse in England. She worked there for many years and then decided to return to Ireland when she heard that the Nursing Board was recruiting nurses for Irish hospitals.

“She wanted to come home to work here, but it turns out there is a waiting time of between six months and a year for nurses who trained abroad to be registered with NMBI. She could not wait six months or a year to start work.

“It is a disgrace that the NMBI is holding up the recruitment drive and that Irish nurses currently working overseas cannot come home. It is especially worrying at a time when HSE documents show that there are 116 vacant nursing posts in Beaumont Hospital.

“Last week there were 43 people on trolleys one afternoon in Beaumont. Is this any way to run a health service??” asked Cllr McAuliffe.

“Just last year the INMO warned that the NMBI needed more resources to deal with the backlog in processing registrations. Nurses need to register with the NMBI to be eligible to work in Ireland. More than 600 applicants have been waiting over a year to have their applications processed, according to the INMO.”