The Irish Nurses' Organisation has claimed that the severe shortage of specialised nurses has been caused by lack of planning in their further education. The claim comes as Our Lady's Hospital for Sick Children in Crumlin, Dublin, has begun sending emergency cases to British hospitals because of an acute shortage of specialised nurses.

Chief Executive of Our Lady's, Paul Kavanagh, said that because of the shortage, the hospital was "struggling" to keep beds open in the intensive care unit. He said that there were 23 nursing vacancies in the unit, which is one quarter of the total number of nursing posts there.