The Irish Nurses and Midwifes Organisation (INMO) wishes to acknowledge the commitment of nursing, midwifery and all health service staff as they maintain essential health services at this difficult time.
In addition to maintaining essential hospital services we note that community nursing services and home help services are being maintained, as best as possible, despite very difficult travelling conditions. The INMO would, however, ask people, when it is safe to do so, to be extra vigilant about the wellbeing of the elderly and vulnerable in their community as some services will, inevitably, be hampered today and over the next few days.
It is recognised that some planned services have been cancelled, ie. out-patients appointments, and this is in the interest of public safety, but all essential/emergency services will be maintained.
The INMO also notes that there will be some disruption to health services, in the coming days, after storm has passed. This is to allow hospitals deal with the fallout of the extreme circumstances, prevailing today which are limiting discharges from hospitals as people cannot be transported home.
Speaking this lunchtime Liam Doran, INMO General Secretary said:
“The priority, today and in the coming days, will be to maintain all essential/emergency services. This will only be achieved as a result of the commitment of frontline staff which, once again, we acknowledge and applaud.
In particular we acknowledge the commitment, which has been nationwide this morning, to maintain, as far as is possible, community/home based services and visits. This will continue but we must all be vigilant, and particularly aware, of neighbours who normally receive such services and may need extra care and attention at this time.
The INMO also acknowledges the commitment of all frontline staff, from the entire range of public services, who are serving, all of us, so well as they strive to maintain a safe environment for everyone in the face of this storm.”