Tuesday: Dublin nurses to protest against understaffing and overcrowding
Nurses who are members of the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation will protest at Connolly Hospital, Blanchardstown on Tuesday 25th September, to highlight unsafe staffing levels and overcrowding.
They will gather at the main entrance to the hospital from 1pm to 2pm tomorrow (Tuesday 25th September).
Protests have already taken place this month in Cork, Galway, Limerick, Kilkenny and Cavan. The number of patients without hospital beds this winter is expected to reach record levels and the HSE has yet to deliver a plan to cope.
The HSE has also failed to publish a funded workforce plan, setting out how many new nurses and midwives they will aim to hire in 2018.
INMO general secretary Phil Ni Sheaghdha said:
“This is a health service in crisis. Without a plan to improve the situation, public safety is at risk. Nurses and midwives know their patients cannot get timely and appropriate care.
“The HSE must publish a realistic winter plan and commit to ending the near-permanent crisis in Irish hospitals. This should include immediate measures to recruit and retain nurses through a pay rise. Otherwise understaffing will only get worse.”