Four Hour Work Stoppage By INMO Members At Emergency Department, MWRH, Limerick On September 21ST

Further to a ballot of members of the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) at the Mid Western Regional Hospital, Limerick, the HSE has been formally notified of a four hour work stoppage by nurses to occur at the Hospital’s Emergency Department next Wednesday,  September 21st, between the hours of 1pm – 5pm.  The INMO will maintain a nursing presence, in the Department, over this 4 hour period to ensure all unforeseen developments can be responded to immediately.

This stoppage by INMO members is in response to the appalling conditions for patients and the clinical safety risks which are caused by all of the following:

  • a moratorium on the recruitment of registered nurses;
  • closed beds throughout the region – 100 in the acute hospital services and approximately 80 in community hospitals and nursing units;
  • failure of the reconfiguration process to transfer all day surgery to Ennis, Nenagh and St. John’s Hospitals, and to adhere to the recommendation of the Teamworks Report for an additional 135 beds if the process was to be successful;
  • imposed budget cuts;
  • failure to directly fund additional consultant posts (diverting money from other areas to fund same) and to employ additional nursing staff and other key members for these consultant posts; and,
  • failure by the HSE to comply with the nationally agreed Escalation Plan on Emergency Department Overcrowding, agreed through the National A/E Forum.

Speaking this morning, INMO Industrial Relations Officer, Mary Fogarty said:

“Nurses working at the hospital have repeatedly raised their concerns in respect of the clinical safety issues with both HIQA and Senior HSE Management. Unfortunately, due to the inability of both bodies to address the deplorable clinical environment now visible daily at the hospital, nurses are driven to publicly highlight the extremely serious situation through industrial action.

The INMO has called upon HIQA, An Bord Altranais (Nursing Board) and the Medical Council to inspect the Mid Western Regional Hospital, and other acute hospitals, to establish the impact on patient care and safe practice arising from continuous overcrowding.

The INMO now believes that, in order to protect patients and staff in the MWRH,  direct intervention is required, by the Minister for Health, to ensure safe, responsive and adequately staffed services are available for people in the Mid West area.”

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