Nurses have given a cautious welcome to commitments made about health in the National Planning Framework, which was announced by the Government last Friday. Project Ireland 2040 is a €116 billion development plan for the country, which includes commitments to build more homes, schools and hospitals over the next two decades. During this time, the population of the country is expected to grow by one million. The plan provides for a €10.9 billion capital investment in health services. The Government has committed to providing three new elective-only hospital facilities in Dublin, Cork and Galway, an additional 2,600 acute hospital beds and 4,500 new community/step-down beds. The Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) welcomed the plan, but insisted that ‘none of this can be realised without significant measures to recruit and retain nurses and midwives'.
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