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Dear Colleagues

At very short notice this evening the PNA were requested to attend a meeting with the Department of Health (DOH) at 7.45 pm in relation to the suspension of student nurse clinical placements. At the meeting the DOH outlined that the HSE had informed them that they would re redeploying staff who support undergraduate training in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

In light of this the DOH has decided to suspend clinical placements for years 1 – 3 from Monday 18th for two weeks. The Department confirmed that this placement will not have to be paid back at a later date. The DOH also stated that there is currently no intention to secure the services of year 1 – 3 students as employees. Intern 4th year students will continue on placement.

We have sought clarity in relation to the pay rate for interns and are seeking that they are paid at the higher rate which applied to them last March, i.e.; HCA rate.

We have informed the DOH that we are available over the weekend to engage

Yours sincerely

Peter Hughes

General Secretary