Apr 7th 2017, 10:59 PM Image: RollingNews.ie 45 Comments Crisis averted? 1,200 nurses and midwives to be hired by end of year Health Minister Simon Harris has said that the measures offer nurses and midwives “enhanced opportunities to advance their careers”. Image: RollingNews.ie Friday 7 Apr 2017, 10:59 PM http://jrnl.ie/3330247 Share543 Tweet Email5 Health Minister Simon Harris said:“I am delighted that the INMO nurses and midwives have voted to accept the recent proposals agreed at the WRC. The measures… will… offer serving and new nurses and midwives enhanced opportunities to advance their careers.”However, there are still issues to be resolved over pay, the IMNO warned.Harris said he was looking forward to positive engagement with the INMO during public sector pay talks that due to commence this summer.Read: ‘If this many people were dying in another way, there’d be war over it’Read: Over 600 patients are waiting for hospital beds around the country 17,523 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By Gráinne Ní Aodha Short URL THE GOVERNMENT HAS come to an agreement with nurses and midwives over one of the main issues of contention that has threatened industrial action.That’s the issue of staffing and retention. Tonight, both the Department of Health and the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) announced they had come to an agreement on what to change this year that would see improvements in the system.Those agreements are:Increasing the nursing and midwifery workforce by over 1,200, to over 37,000 before the end of this yearA funded workforce plan to be subject to quarterly reviews under Ministerial orderThe offering of permanent posts to all nurses/midwives, currently on panels, and all nurse/midwife graduates from 2016/2017Increased incentives to attract Irish nurses/midwives back from overseas particularly the UKMiscellaneous other measures including: more flexible permanent contracts; a pre-retirement scheme; and increased numbers of undergraduate and postgraduate places for nurses and midwivesThe restoration of allowances, removed from new entrants, as part of the forthcoming public service pay talksRestoration of the time plus one-sixth premium payment, for nurses working in older person/ID services, following determination by an independent chair.