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HSE to recruit up to 1,000 graduate nurses and midwives next year

The recruitment drive could save as much as €10 million by reducing the reliance on agency workers and overtime, the HSE said this evening.

THE HEALTH SERVICE Executive (HSE) has said that the government has approved the recruitment of as many as 1,000 graduate nurses and midwives to the public health service next year.

The recruitment drive will begin early next year and will reduce the reliance on agency workers and overtime, a situation which the HSE said this evening was “unsustainable”.

It said that the new recruits are expected to help realise cost savings in the region of €10 million for the HSE next year. The initiative will see graduate nurses deployed across a range of specialities within the HSE and services it funds.

The graduate nurse swill receive a two-year contract and will be paid a rate of 80 per cent of the first point of the salary scale for a staff nurse.

The HSE said that those recruited can earn “approximately €26,000 per annum including basic pay and premium pay”.

“It also provides 2012 Nursing and Midwifery graduates with an opportunity to gain substantial clinical experience to further their career and professional development, with the security of a 2 year contract and salary,” the HSE added.

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