Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees
Thursday, 16 December 2021
Public Accounts Committee
2020 Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General and Appropriation Accounts
Vote 38 - Health
I am sorry; I must interrupt for reasons of time. I am against the clock.
Is Mr. Watt in any position to inform us about the healthcare sector in Ireland, particularly the area of nursing? This has been repeatedly brought up to me by many people who are nursing. One would not expect that perhaps two thirds of the way into their careers, many of them are actively considering quitting. Does Mr. Watt feel this is an area into which the Department needs to put an effort around reviewing working hours? He acknowledged conditions and there is obviously a cost to the State. We are losing these highly-skilled workers who have a role to play. Many of them came back into play to give their country that service when it came to the pandemic, which was greatly appreciated. The point has to be made, however. Will that issue be analysed by the Department in the short- to medium-term future?