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Will Irish Nurses living abroad come home?

By on 24 February 2015

Will Irish Nurses living abroad come home?

In recent days we have seen Minister for Health Leo Varadkar appealing to Irish Nurses and Healthcare workers who moved abroad to return home to take up nursing jobs in Irish hospitals and healthcare facilities after announcing there will be 500 nurses recruited this year.

The question on everyone’s lips is will these nurses and healthcare professionals return?

The general consensus seems to be NO due to the rates of pay and conditions that the nurses would be returning home to.

There the starting salary for a newly qualified nurse in the UK is €25,579 and there is an extra inner London allowance available, which ranges from €4,874-€7,509. In Canada salaries vary, particularly between rural and urban areas, it could average around €38,200. (Source Independent 2013)

The INMO has welcomed the news but has said it will continue to work with the HSE to ensure these posts come with best working conditions so that Ireland can keep up with the UK and other

INMO General Secretary Liam Doran said,

''The terms and conditions for these nursing posts must be made very attractive so that we can bring back to Ireland some of the hundreds of young professional nurses that we have lost, to other countries, in recent years.''

Our question to you is are you a Nurse working abroad at the moment and would you consider coming home to work within the HSE?


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