Inmo Calls For Major Incident Plan To Be Implemented Immediately In The Mid Western Region

Members of the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) in the Mid Western Regional Hospital,Limerickwill be forced to consider all options, available to them, to protect patient care unless management immediately initiate measures to address, once and for all, the continuous and persistent gross overcrowding at the hospital.  The current situation renders it impossible for nurses to provide safe care to their patients in an environment where the patient enjoys privacy and dignity.


As the INMO trolley watch figures demonstrate, the hospital endures chronic overcrowding in the Emergency Department plus, up to 50 additional patients are on the corridors and in annexes of the hospital daily, awaiting a designated bed. Safe and proper care cannot be given to patients while they are placed in undesignated in-patient areas and while there is inadequate staffing to provide a safe level of care.


The same level of gross overcrowding and shortage of nursing staff prevails inEnnis GeneralHospitalwhere, for example, last evening one ward had 22 acutely ill patients and only 1 nurse on duty to deliver care. This level of care is dangerous for patients and, INMO members, as registered professionals, have a duty of care to highlight this unacceptable situation to management.


The INMO has called for an emergency meeting with HSE Management seeking the following;


  • Immediate implementation on a regional wide basis of the major emergency plan due to unsafe clinical environments in the Mid West for patients and nurses; and,


  • Immediate recruitment of nurses on fixed term contracts to staff the patient areas and to provide care to cope with surges in demand and activity at the hospital.

In addition, the INMO is asking that the Special Delivery Unit, based in the Department of Health, brings forward further supports and other initiatives required immediately to address the wholly unacceptable clinical risks which now exist in these hospitals.


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


“It is imperative that the HSE, together with the Special Delivery Unit, act immediately to address the current situation, and remove the very real risk of an adverse incident which currently exists in this region.”

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