Tuesday, 5 March 1974
Dáil Eireann Debate
Dr. Gibbons: asked the Minister  for Health if he will establish a single central bureau through which girls who wish to enter the nursing profession must apply for positions in the various nursing schools and to which the nursing schools must notify their vacancies and the standards required of prospective candidates.
Mr. Corish: I am aware of the problem which has prompted the Deputy's question. I discussed the matter, in an informal way, with the newly appointed members of An Bord Altranais when I met them at their inaugural meeting on Thursday last the 14th February. I propose to ask An Bord Altranais to examine the feasibility of establishing a central bureau on the lines set out in the question.
Mr. Tunney: Could I ask the Minister whether or not in his discussions with the members of An Bord Altranais he asked them to have a look at the conditions obtaining whereby the suitability of a lady for the nursing profession depends on her ability to pay a substantial fee?
Mr. Corish: I am not perfectly clear whether or not it is within their statutory powers but, as I said in the reply, I had an informal chat with them and, whilst they may have no function—I do not know—they promised they would consider it, and if there is a recommendation to whoever is to set up this bureau, it will be sympathetically considered.
Mr. Corish: Yes, they are interviewed. I was informed by one of the board who happened to be a matron of a hospital that she interviewed every single person; it was not a question of breaking it down to a short list. Every single applicant was interviewed.
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