HEALTH Minister Simon Harris has confirmed that student nurses will be paid during the coronavirus crisis.
The Minister said student nurses and midwives will be offer a contract as a Healthcare Assistant.
This, he said, will enable totem to complete their placement in a HCA role and to continue to complete the course.
“This is an offer and not an obligation,” he said.
“But I know so many of our student nurses want to play their role as we navigate our way through these difficult times.
“Our healthcare professionals have shown immense leadership and I will do everything I can to support them.”
The Irish Nurses and Midwives Association (INMO) has welcomed the decision/
General Secretary Phil Ní Sheaghdha said: “These are dedicated, talented, hard-working people who are keen to help in the global fight against COVID-19. Taking them on as paid staff not only values their work, but offers them clear protections as employees.
“We will now engage with the government to determine the detail of this announcement, particularly on ensuring that students’ academic progression isn’t harmed by the crisis.”
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