Dublin ‘disadvantaged’ at recruiting nurses because of housing costs, regional health chief says

28/06/2022 15:15:00

Mary O’Kelly says healthcare workers can’t afford to live in the capital.

The cost of housing in Dublin is driving nurses away from living and working in the capital, a regional health chief says.

Mary O’Kelly says healthcare workers can’t afford to live in the capital.

Healthcare workers are avoiding Dublin due to exorbitant housing costs.Pat Spillane has described Saturday's two All-Ireland quarter-final clashes as 'forgettable'.Olympic champion Kellie Harrington and wife Mandy Loughlin joined in on the Dublin Pride celebrations on Saturday as thousands flocked to the streets of Ireland's capital.11:00 PM - 24 Jun 2022 Listen to this episode Share this article Dublin Bus and its employees have a new community partnership with LGBT Ireland for Pride 2022.

File photo.Image: Shutterstock Healthcare workers are avoiding Dublin due to exorbitant housing costs.Spillane watched the games on TV, but wasn't impressed with what he saw.File photo.READ MORE: Conor McGregor shows of pride flags at Dublin Pub Black Forge Inn Thousands flocked to the streets to celebrate Pride in a weekend of celebrations as celebrities and politicians all enjoyed themselves.Image: Shutterstock THE COST OF housing in Dublin is driving nurses and other healthcare workers away from living and working in the capital, leading to staffing problems for the health service, an Oireachtas Committee has been told.This was two very good teams playing two very average teams.Regional health chief Mary O’Kelly said the Greater Dublin Area faces a “geographical” challenge because of the cost of housing in the region.They talk straight from the heart and Adrian trusts Jim.

She said that, on a national basis, 25% of nurses who qualify in Ireland don’t take up a job in the country.If those terms and conditions operated last night, people who attended those two games would be demanding their money back and that's not to [take anything away from Derry and Dublin].I know this is not the case for everyone.It is then a “competitive environment” internally to recruit workers from the remaining 75% who do take up roles in the health service.“Because we’re in the Dublin area, we’re also at a disadvantage with regard to people not being to afford rent and mortgages in the area and travelling long hours, which they can’t commit to on a long term basis,” O’Kelly said.What I like about Derry is they're a Croke Park team.Advertisement O’Kelly, who is interim chief officer of the Dublin South, Kildare and West Wicklow Community Healthcare Organisation, was appearing before an Oireachtas sub-committee regarding the Linn Dara Child and Adult Mental Health (CAHMs) unit in Cherry Orchard, Dublin.I don’t know anyone who regrets coming out just that they didn’t sooner.The health chief said the problem isn’t confined to mental health services but is an issue across the Community Healthcare Organisation.They have it all.

“We’re really at a disadvantage geographically, working in the greater Dublin area with house prices such as they are and rental such as it is and the lack of availability of houses,” she added.Linn Dara was forced to reduce its number of inpatient beds from 22 to 13 last month due to challenges in hiring and retaining nursing staff at the necessary levels."Clare were lambs to the slaughter.In 70 countries it’s still criminalised.O’Kelly said today that the decision to close beds wasn’t taken lightly.She suggested one potential way to try and alleviate the issue would be to apply a “Dublin weighting” to the salaries of people who work in the capital to help meet their housing costs."The other game was a straight sort of game.“We’re comparable to international cities in terms of expenditure and those other international cities, like London or European cities, do actually have a weighting on top of basic pay for people who live in the areas where rents and mortgages are higher,” she said.We need to do more for the trans community.

#Open journalism No news is bad news Support The Journal Your contributions will help us continue to deliver the stories that are important to you Support us now Kevin Brady, head of mental health services in the community healthcare organisation, told the committee that they have been running a recruitment campaign for staff nurses for “a number of years” but it has “yielded little”.Therefore a moral victory and ran out of steam in the second half so file those two games last night under the forgettable category.The latest Daft property report, released yesterday, found that housing prices in Dublin have risen 6.6% year-on-year.The number of homes available to buy hit an all-time-low in a recent Daft report.On the rental side, a report released last month found that the number of rentals available in Dublin was 81% lower than early 2021.

The average rent in the capital is now €2,202 a month, which is up 10.6% compared to the same period in the previous year..

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It’s a no brainier really! so build the hospitals outside Dublin instead of forcing all the staff & patients into Dublin. No reason why people from KK/WX/South Tipp & Carlow should be going to Dublin instead of going to Waterford City where every cent invested gets a better return than in Dublin. FG FF invited the vulture funds Blackrock, Vanguard into the country, No MSM is prepared to say that out loud So they continue to allow the situation deteriorate,

Spillane unimpressed with 'forgettable' Clare v Derry and Dublin v Cork gamesThe Kerry legend admitted he was happy to have not been at Croke Park to watch Derry beat Clare before Dublin defeated Cork The old rich man wants a replay...CostOfLivingCrisis Hi lads How much did Pat claim during the covid crisis?

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