Fianna Fáil TD for Cavan-Monaghan Niamh Smyth has said the nursing vacancies at Cavan General Hospital are a consequence of Fine Gael policy which has made the roles an unattractive career prospect for many.

A parliamentary question response issued to the Deputy has revealed that there are still 16 nursing posts vacant in Cavan General Hospital, with a total of 24 vacancies across the hospital. 

Deputy Smyth commented, “It is alarming that there are 16 vacancies remaining at Cavan General Hospital. I raised this one year ago and there were 23 vacancies. For only 7 positions to be filled over 12 months is not good enough.

“The government must look at the pay and conditions offered to nurses which are evidently not attractive as we remain looking for nurses in Cavan-Monaghan.

“Cavan General is a vital pillar in the community. The services it provides are critical to the health and safety of those in the region. I will continue to raise these vacancies, the urgency to fill them, and the need for improved conditions for those in the sector with the Minister for Health,” concluded Deputy Smyth.