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Dail Hears "The Patient's Toe Came Off" During Student Nurse Pay Debate

Niall Colbert
Niall Colbert

12:17 PM - 20 Jan 2021



The Dáil has been debating a second motion calling for student nurses and midwives to be paid.

The government has said it won't oppose the motion.

Sinn Fein says it's unacceptable that those on student placements are not paid.

The party says it's shameful the new head of the Department of Health will get a pay rise of €80,000 while student nurses only get a new €100 a week payment.

Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly says the government doesn't underestimate the difficulty student nurses face.

However, Sinn Féin TD Patricia Ryan has argued they do not, saying "one student nurse told me recently that while helping a patient to shower, the patient's toe came off in his sock".

"The student nurse was on her own and could not leave the patient alone. They had to finish the patient's shower and then find a nurse to seek help. "

"Imagine that - imagine she doesn't get paid for that?!"



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