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INO Secure Safe Staffing Levels For Clonmel Hospital. 15/01/07

    


PRESS RELEASE, Monday, January 15th, 2007

In 1996, under the auspices of the High Court, an agreement was reached between the South Eastern Health Board and the Cashel Hospital Action Committee regarding the future delivery of Hospital services to the people of South Tipperary. It was decided that acute surgical, medical and A+E services would be provided in South Tipperary General Hospital in Clonmel. St Patrick’s Hospital in Cashel would be retained as a geriatric Hospital and Our Lady’s Hospital in Cashel would be a Community Hospital dealing with all ages and delivering the services by way of various clinics (fracture, obstetrics and gynaecological, psychiatric etc) and inpatient facilities for patients with physical disabilities and elderly mentally infirm patients.

Although it was originally envisaged that the amalgamation of acute services in Clonmel would take approximately 2 years from the date of the agreement in 1996, a lack of funding from successive Governments delayed this occurring. Over the past few years however, funding was made available, in phases, for suitable arrangements for the amalgamation and the INO recommenced negotiations with management regarding staffing levels and other issues for the new services in Clonmel.

Negotiations culminated with a Conciliation Conference, on the INO claims, on December 19th last. The proposals which provide for generous staffing levels for each of the five acute services relocating to Clonmel (ICU, Surgical Day Ward, Surgical Ward, A+E, Theatre) were accepted by members.

Liz Curran, Industrial Relations officer for the South-East Region, said “The successful conclusion of these negotiations means that the long-awaited amalgamation of acute services in South Tipperary General Hospital in Clonmel has finally occurred. Staff of both services have been extremely frustrated at the delay in funding the project, which has taken almost 12 years to complete. Negotiations regarding the services to be provided at the Cashel site into the future have commenced and will continue until all aspects of the services have been agreed with the INO.”

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