It’s important that every effort is made to retain nurses in our hospitals, that’s the view of Headford based Fianna Fail Councillor Mary Hoade, a member of the HSE West Forum.
At a recent meeting of the forum the councillor submitted a question on the number of new nurses hired at University Hospital Galway and Merlin Park Hospital in the past twelve months.
In response Ann Cosgrave Chief Operating Officer at Saolta University Health Care Group confirmed that the total number of nurses hired in the last year at both hospitals was 153, including all nursing grades. In addition there were 84 Student General Nursing (pre-reg) hired.
Councillor Hoade told Midwest News that it is vital to retain and recruit nurses in order to provide the services required at both hospitals