We’re good at holding conferences

4 October, 2010

Reports of a recent conference to mark the 100th anniversary of Florence Nightingale (!) caught my eye.

A one-day conference to mark the centennial year of the death of Florence Nightingale and the International Year of Nursing took place in Dublin Castle today, September 7th. 

The event, organised by the Department of Health and Children, the HSE and the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) gave nurses and midwives from throughout Ireland the opportunity to celebrate the valuable contribution of Irish nurse and midwives to health care over the past century.

I’m happy for all those public servants and union activists who had a great day out wholly or largely at the taxpayers’ expense.  I’m also sure that the mileage allowances were generous.  And don’t worry that the health service can ill afford its employees taking a day off (for that’s effectively what it was).

What on earth is going on here?  Who signed off on this waste of time and money?  I wonder how many employers in the private sector would give staff a paid day off to attend such a junket?  (Actually, I don’t wonder any such thing, as I know the answer…..)

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