Thursday, 7 February 2019
Nurses and Midwives Industrial Action: Statements
I have a question to ask, as does Deputy Wallace. The Minister, Deputy Harris, said in his speech that he fully accepted the number of highly-qualified nursing, midwifery and medical professionals leaving the country is an issue that should be thoroughly investigated. Why is it that it only should be thoroughly investigated now? This has been going on for years. The Government and previous Governments have known about it yet it still has not been investigated. I want to know why, because I think that is wrong.
I note what was said in terms of the contributions and responses around the negotiations. Why has it not happened? Why has the Minister not opened up the negotiations at this stage?