23 posts approved for South Tipp General

Twenty three nursing and midwifery posts have been approved for South Tipperary General Hospital.

Twenty three nursing and midwifery posts have been approved for South Tipperary General Hospital.

The Department of Health has already sanctioned the appointment of two midwives and four locums to cover maternity leave, and will be appointing 17 nurses.

Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine Tom Hayes TD has welcomed the news.

While the midwives and locums have been appointed, in general nursing, approval has been given for nine permanent and eight temporary appointments, according to Deputy Hayes.

“One permanent position has been made with effect from October 2013, one has agreed a start date of next month and the remaining seven are awaiting a start date,” he said.

“The National Recruitment Service were unable to fill the remaining vacancies so these will be advertised locally. It has also been agreed that the remaining one temporary approved vacancy will be suppressed to facilitate the essential recruitment of an advanced nurse practitioner.”