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INO/PNA Say Scare Tactics By HSE Unjustified And Will Result In Unnecessary Confusion For Patients. 02/04/07
All nurses and midwives are at work and all direct patient/client care is being provided


JOINT PRESS RELEASE,  Monday, April 2nd, 2007

The Irish Nurses Organisation and Psychiatric Nurses Association view with alarm the statements by the HSE and the Minister for Health that patient care will, in any way, be compromised as a result of the nationwide work to rule which commenced this morning.

All direct and core nursing/midwifery functions will be undertaken by, nurses and midwives all of whom went to work this morning and will be completing their normal full roster requirement.

The tactics employed this morning, by the HSE and the Minister, amount to scare mongering and a blatant attempt to place the patient, who will have all direct nursing/midwifery care given to them, as a pawn in this dispute and create unnecessary, misleading and unfounded worry and concern.

The health employers have had 60 days notice of this work to rule and the obligation is upon them, as the managers of the service, to have put in place the necessary alternative arrangements to cover:

  • the clerical/administrative/IT duties previously performed by nurses/midwives; 
  • the answering of non essential telephone calls;  
  • the opening and closing of community health facilities.

A graphic indication of how senior health managers do not understand the roles played by today’s nurse/midwife is their contention that a “core function” is answering the telephone.  The core function of every nurse and midwife is to provide all direct nursing/midwifery care to the patient/client and all of our members continue to do this  whether in the hospital, the community or in the patient’s/clients home.

The decision to cancel non urgent admissions/procedures has been made, unilaterally, by health employers and is a direct result, not of the work to rule, but of their failure to put in place, despite 60 days notice, the necessary alternative/contingency arrangements.

Speaking this morning INO General Secretary, Liam Doran said:

“The unnecessary scare tactics, employed this morning, by the Minister and health employers is unbecoming and suggests they are more concerned in the blame game than in ensuring alternative arrangements are in place, to do clerical/administrative and other duties, while nurses and midwives continue to go to work as normal and undertake the full range of nursing/midwifery care required by all patients/clients.

The INO/PNA wish to reassure all patients, their families and friends, that all nurses and midwives are at work performing all necessary direct patient/client care required to ensure their individual welfare and well-being.

It remains our strong preference that discussions would resume, immediately, on the two key issues of:

  • The introduction of a 35 hour week; and,   
  • Elimination of the insulting pay anomaly.

Both unions remain available for these discussions at any time.”




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