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Who are our heroes and villains for January?

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Do you agree with our choice for this month’s hero and villain?

This year we are kicking off a new slightly tongue-in-cheek section called Heroes and Villains.

Heroes and Villains

Heroes and Villains

Each month, we will be taking a generally light-hearted look at who have been the stand-out “goodies” and the “baddies” for nursing and healthcare over the last few weeks.

Let us know if you agree with our choices for January and if you have any suggestions for next month (without being unnecessarily rude, please).



Bursary or Bust

Nurse’s pay rise petition passes key milestone

Danielle Tiplady

Community nurse Danielle Tiplady set up a petition in October demanding an end to the pay restraint imposed on agenda for change NHS staff.

As of last week, it had been signed by a whopping 86,000 people, meaning it was just 14,000 names short of the 100,000 needed to force the issue of nurse pay to be considered for parliamentary debate – and with two whole months left before the deadline.

Last year, while still studying, Ms Tiplady was one of the organisers of a series of rallies against government plans to axe the student bursary. Well done Danielle.



Fine Gael

Do you agree with our choice for this month’s hero and villain?

Simon Harris

Irish health minister Simon Harris has not helped calm tempers by criticising strike plans by nurses and healthcare assistants already livid about ongoing issues with poor pay and staff shortages.

Around 70,000 members of the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation and fellow union Siptu have voted to take action in order to try and force the Irish government into reversing previous pay cuts and to act decisively to recruit more staff.

In response, Mr Harris said: “Industrial action is not in the interests of staff and certainly not in the interests of patients”.

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