The Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation is to commence a ballot of Intensive Care Unit nurses in University Hospital Limerick in pursuance of safe staffing.
INMO Assistant Director of Relations, Mary Fogarty said:
“After exhausting negotiations at local level, the INMO has been mandated by members to commence a ballot for industrial action in the Intensive Care Unit in University Hospital Limerick.
“The issues that exist in University Hospital Limerick have been well documented by this union. The lack of consistent safe staffing in the intensive care unit is having a detrimental impact on the physical and mental wellbeing of our members working in this unit and their patients.
“Hospital management have failed to provide an appropriate contingency plan to address the nurse deficits in the ICU and the enablement of outstanding annual leave, time off In Lieu to be taken and/or paid to nurses as requested.
“A ballot will take place over the coming weeks, and we will notify hospital management of the outcome upon completion.”