The permanent contracts promised to graduate nurses at Mayo University Hospital, must be honoured, according to Mayo Fine Gael Senator Michelle Mulherin.

The Senator raised the issue in the Seanad saying that it was the HSE that made the commitment to graduate nurses and Midwives, and then informed the Minister for Health Simon Harris of its decision.

Minister Harris is on record, saying that all graduating nurses would be offered permanent contracts in an effort to curb the staffing crisis in Irish hospitals.

However, nurses and midwives working in Mayo University hospital are still waiting on contracts promised to them since 2017.

Despite a crisis in the recruitment of nurses, and with 29 nursing posts vacant at present at the Castlebar hospital, 12 graduate nurses working in MUH have not secured the promised contracts.

Senator Mulherin told Midwest News  that she wants answers from the HSE now on why the promise has been reneged on.

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