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INMO Members Gather For 99th Annual Delegate Conference With Pay And Conditions Top Of The Agenda
Press Release 01.05.18
The 99th Annual Delegate Conference of the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) will see approximately 350 nurses and midwives from around the country gather in the Clayton Silver Springs Hotel, Cork tomorrow, Wednesday, May 2, for the three day event. This year’s conference has as its theme “Innovation in Practice – Nurses and Midwives Leading the Way.”
 
Delegates will debate over 50 motions during the three days and correcting the pay anomaly will be top of the agenda.  An emergency motion, tabled by the Executive Council, will be debated on Thursday, calling for government to honour the process signed up to by INMO members to have real progress on their pay inequality issue addressed before the budget estimates for 2018. 
 
Leading into the conference trolley count figures are at an all-time high, which undoubtedly will be raised as another example of the inability of the HSE to deal effectively with this on -going now endemic crisis.  INMO analysis of figures, January to April 2016 - 2018, showed a record 42,819 patients on trolleys in 2018 compared to 36,043 in 2017, for this period, a rise of 19%.  The month of April alone (also attached) broke another record as 9,335 patients were on trolleys.  This was the highest ever recorded figure for the month of April and a 30% rise on 2017.Since the launch of its Paediatric Trolley Watch in mid-January this year 642 children spent time on trolleys in Dublin hospitals i.e. the Children’s University Hospital, Temple Street; National Children’s Hospital, Tallaght and Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin.  
 
The results of the 2018 Nursing and Midwifery student Survey regarding future plans of students due to qualify this year will also be launched at the ADC.  The results again are very stark as it is clear the majority intend to emigrate.
 
Speaking on the eve of the INMO’s 99th Conference, Martina Harkin-Kelly, INMO President, said: 
 
“This conference will, undoubtedly, be dominated by the issues of pay and staffing, as our members will not accept any further delays in addressing these two fundamental issues. The Public Service Pay Commission (PSPC) are due to issue their recommendations at the end May/early June. The INMO has been invited to attend before the committee on May 15 to elaborate on the written submission which we made in November of 2017. We look forward to this engagement as we believe the evidence of low pay affecting nurses and midwives’ decision to leave the Irish Public Service is very real and a cause of major concern to the INMO.” 
 
Over 50 motions are up for debate (available here Motions 2018) including: 
  • Pay
  • Safe staffing levels nationwide
  • Care of children with an intellectual disability
  • Handover at the end of a shift
  • Risk Management
  • Compensation for Storm Ophelia
  • Greater oversight of agreements reached with HSE
  • Universal educational standards for new staff from Europe
  • Increasing Student nurse training places and allowances
  • Continuous Professional Development
  • Taxation
  • Gender Pay Gaps
  • Homelessness
 
Speakers during Conference include:
 
Thursday, May 3, 2018
 
• 11.30a.m.  - Presentations from 6  individual members who are leading on innovative practice in cutting waiting lists, wound care, Crutch Project, midwifery, Community Intervention Teams and Sexual Assault Treatment Units;
 
• 12.30p.m. - Emily Logan, Human Rights Commissioner will address delegates;
 
• 3.00p.m. Roisin Shortall TD will address delegates on Sláintecare; and,
 
• Neal Donohue, INMO’s Student and New Graduate Officer will give a presentation on the 2018 Nursing and Midwifery Internship Survey on the 4th year students’ plans for when they graduate.
  
Friday, May 4, 2018
 
• Professor Josephine Hegarty, UCC will give a presentation on the research involved in the framework for nurse staffing and will set out the findings of the research conducted by University College Cork in relation to patient outcomes linked to nurse staffing levels and skill mix. Two of the nurses from Beaumont Hospital who worked on the wards where this framework was piloted will also speak of their experience of this project which based nurse staffing levels on patient dependency levels. 
 
• Minister for Health, Mr Simon Harris will address delegates at 2.15p.m. followed   by
INMO President, Martina Harkin-Kelly who will deliver her address to delegates and respond to the Minister
 
INMO General Secretary, Phil Ni Sheaghdha commented:
 
“We have a very busy agenda over the next number of days, but there is no doubt that the issue of correcting the pay gap that now exists for our members is top of the list. The pay gap is having a real and sustained effect on the ability to recruit and retain nurses and midwives and therefore growing the services for the future is simply not going to be possible.”
 
Ms Ni Sheaghdha concluded:
 
“At this conference we will hear from nurses and midwives on the frontline on their working conditions and the difficulties they face every day in overcrowded and understaffed hospitals and all areas of the public health service.  Major investment is needed in order to recruit and retain nurses and midwives so that the recruitment and retention issue can be resolved once and for all.”
 
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