Action By INMO Members For Safe Care To Continue In Limerick

Members of the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation are to undertake a third 4 hour work stoppage at the Mid Western Regional Hospital, Limerick on next Tuesday, October 4th, between 8.30a.m.and 12.30 p.m.

This action is in pursuit of improved patient safety measures which have been compromised by:

  • Increased demands at the hospital for surgical, trauma, cancer and emergency services following the reconfiguration process which commenced in April 2009 which saw services in Nenagh and Ennis being transferred to Limerick.  366 patients have spent time on trolleys awaiting an in-patient bed in the MWRH so far in September this year, an increase of 95% compared to the same period in 2009.
  • Reduced bed numbers in the Mid West region  i.e.100 acute beds and 174 elderly care beds closed;
  • Non-filling of up to 70 vacant nursing posts at the hospital in the last two years;
  • Failure to directly fund 13 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,

Nurses wish to re-emphasise that this action has nothing whatsoever to do with their pay, or terms and conditions of employment.  In fact they are doing this at a loss to themselves as they are not being paid while they are on the picket line.

They are protesting so that ill and vulnerable people who attend this hospital receive appropriate care.  Patients should not be pawns in the HSE/Government blinkered approach to the needs of patients and to the ability of frontline staff to deliver basic standards of care, without the proper management of risks, safety and quality.

Speaking today, INMO Industrial Relations Officer, Mary Fogarty said:

“There is nothing advocated anywhere in the Public Service Agreement, or in any other place, that nurses must cover up risks, safety issues and quality of standards. In fact, quite the opposite applies.

The people of the Mid West should be very proud of the nurses at the Mid Western Regional Hospital for putting the patient safety issues into the public arena.  Nurses have taken a stand, on behalf of patients, that the limit has been reached in Limerick and that the safety of patients cannot be left to deteriorate further, which will happen, if left unaddressed.”

The INMO again calls on members of the public, community groups and politicians to come out and support this protest on Tuesday next.

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