• Burnout is now said to be commonplace in nursing and midwifery and unless pay is addressed the recruitment and retention crisis will get worse in our hospitals according to the INMO.

     The nurses union was before the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Health this week and outlined some disturbing statistics.

    They say that due to low pay it now takes an average of 6 months to recruit just one nurse.

    Some vacancies, even in the emergency departments of our acute hospitals remain unfilled and many nurses are not being replaced during maternity leave.

    Mayo Sinn Fein Senator Rose Conway Walsh is a member of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Health and she has been telling Midwest News more about what the nursing union outlined as the working conditions for many hospital nurses.


    Nursing homes face a major clampdown after it was found that some homes were charging residents for additional services.

    The Competition and Consumer Protection Commission is to launch legally binding guidelines for contracts of care in nursing homes later.

    The Irish Independent reports that the new rules will lay out how and when nursing homes can introduce extra fees.

    The fees - which have hugely added to families' costs- included paying for social activities and therapies not covered under the Fair Deal scheme.