PRESS RELEASE, Saturday, March 31st, 2007
INO midwife and nurse members, working in the Erinville and St Finbarr’s Maternity hospitals in Cork, voted last evening to transfer to the new Cork University Maternity Hospital following agreement, with the Health Service Executive, on the immediate provision of additional qualified midwifery and nursing staff. Key elements of the revised agreement are as follows:
The provision of 20 additional midwifery and nursing staff who will immediately commence work in the new maternity hospital;
These new additional elements, of the comprehensive agreement, are now added to the previously existing proposals which made temporary midwifery staff permanent, and confirmed their appointment to the Cork University Maternity Hospital.
Midwife members from the Bons Secours Maternity services also have the option to transfer, under a transfer of undertakings agreement, and they also have one further week to exercise their transfer option under the latest proposals.
The overall agreement, particularly the elements only agreed this week, confirm that the sole concern of the midwives has been the need to provide additional staff immediately and the requirement to confirm the on-going recruitment of all of the staff required to realise the full opening of the hospitals services.
Speaking this morning INO General Secretary, Liam Doran said:
“The INO is pleased that the new facility will now open with the required level of staff that satisfies our members legitimate professional concerns. We look forward to working with the HSE, over the next 6 months, in the monitoring process, which will be independently chaired, to ensure that all of the commitments about staffing and the development of all required services will now be realised.
The recent difficulties were always about staffing and the immediate injection of 20 additional posts, which sees the opening of 128 beds today with 335 staff instead of the 315 available last Saturday, is proof that the previous concerns of our members were valid.”