Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees
Tuesday, 5 February 2019
Joint Oireachtas Committee on Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform, and Taoiseach
The Minister has taken pay off the table, though. Nurses build up time in lieu because they cannot get out of work on time as there is not sufficient staffing for them to be released. As they end up having a number of hours each and every week that they cannot take, they are working for free. They are therefore subsidising the health service above and beyond their 39 hours. This is surely connected to the issue of pay and links into the recruitment and retention crisis we are trying to address.