Nurses shouldn’t have to face cuts
NURSES IN this country could be forgiven for feeling that they angered the gods in a previous existence.
Having long been the foundations that our precarious health service has been built on, they are once again at the receiving end of the Government’s financial blows.
Many of them are confused over the latest slashes to their salaries, which will see the average nurse paying in the region of an extra 250 euro a month back to the State. Whether that money will one day be returned to their pockets is no more a guarantee than Tommy Tiernan being voted Role Model of the Year at the end of 2009. You can understand their anger and concern.
The INO has had to fight bitterly and regularly to ensure that nurses are paid accordingly for the long hours they put in tending to people who only need, or want, to see them when they are down and out. And then they have to cope with an often irrational expectancy that somehow they have a magic wand to cure all ills. Over the past months, images of the Ireland of the ’80s have been flashed across our television screens as the workers, students and elderly take to the streets in protest. The nurses, not unfamiliar with picketing, may well be next.
Yes, the Government needed to do something to drag the country out of its economical quagmire and we all are resigned to making some form of sacrifice.
However, with tempers already at boiling point throughout the HSE before this unprecendented global crash, risking nurses following in the shoes of a stand-off exemplified by the workers at Waterford Crystal, is not wise. Perhaps it should be left to the doctors, alone, to tend to patients for a period of time, then the true worth of our nurses would shine through. There are plenty of other avenues that money is unnecessarily being fluttered down and areas where cuts do not impinge directly on a person’s livelihood should be given further scrutiny.
As for the nurses and their pay packets, they should be left alone.
TERRY’S LATE FATE
WATCHING the box the other night, one of Limerick’s wittiest exports appeared before the eyes - Terry Wogan.
The potential list of replacements should Pat Kenny decide to relinquish his ‘Late Late’ throne is far from exhaustive and Wogan would not be a bad filler of his boots.
He has the on-screen experience from his BBC chat show back in the ‘80s and as for making guests look and feel comfortable, apart from Parkinson there may be no one better.
And just imagine, he wouldn’t have to worry about asking George Best what his favourite pastime is this time round...
AH THE SNOW...
IT was worth suffering the inconveniences induced by the recent weather just to see the kids get their first taste of a hearty snowfall.
It was a long way from the winter of 1982 when tractors, brothers and sisters disappeared in the five-foot high drifts but at least it was a something to get their teeth into.
Snowmen with dustbin lids for hats were popping up everywhere and snowball wars too. And it was a throwback to times past to witness kids whizzing down hills on empty coal bags - the word Playstation not mentioned all day long. Simpler times like we used to have, but happy ones just the same.