Ireland’s public health recruitment freeze was first introduced in April 2019 and was expected to last for 3 months. Almost a year later and the freeze is still in place.
The leader of Ireland’s largest nursing union, the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) has been extremely critical of the government and health service, insisting that there is a moratorium in place for the recruitment of nurses.
While the Minister for Health, the Department of Health, the Health Service Executive and the INMO continue to squabble about whether or not there is a recruitment freeze, it is expected that hundreds of newly qualified nurses and midwives will look overseas for jobs as the Minister’s promise of a job upon graduating appears to be nothing more than just words.
Ireland’s loss will be overseas employer’s gain and especially the UK’s National Health Service.
With the British government announcing details of its new points based immigration system, Ireland is set to become an even more attractive country for the NHS and UK private healthcare employers as a result of the Common Travel Area.
The UK currently has an estimated 44,000 nursing vacancies, 12,000 medical vacancies and 10,000 allied health vacancies with Ireland listed a top source destination by a leaked NHS recruitment plan.
For employers interested in attending healthcare job fairs in Ireland to recruit Doctors, Nurses and Allied Healthcare Professionals, the Nursing & Midwifery Job Fair takes place in Dublin 28 March, the Allied Healthcare Job Fair also takes place in in Dublin 28 March, while the Doctor’s Job Fair takes place in Dublin on 10 October.