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Nurses To Protest As Minister Unveils Treadmill. 16/04/07

JOINT PRESS RELEASE - Monday, April 16th, 2007

Members of the Irish Nurses Organisation and the Psychiatric Nurses Association will stage a protest at all three entrances of the National Rehabilitation Hospital in Dun Laoghaire at 5.00p.m. tomorrow, Tuesday, April 17th as the Minister for Health and Children, Ms Mary Harney unveils a treadmill.  The protest is to highlight their frustration at:

(a) The lack of serious engagement by the Department of Health and Children in
talks to resolve the dispute, and.

(b) To express their anger at the lack of serious engagement by hospital management in contingency planning and facilitating a co-ordinating committee in Dun Laoghaire.

Speaking today, INO Industrial Relations Officer, Philip McAnenly said:

It is no longer acceptable for the Minister to seek to shirk her responsibility with regard to the resolution of this dispute on the issues of a 35 hour week for nursing and midwifery staff and the elimination of a pay anomaly which sees nurses and midwives treated as lesser professionals than others.

Our members in Dun Laoghaire are calling on her today to create a forum for meaningful discussions to take place.”

Mr McAnenly concluded: “The provocative and unhelpful approach by hospital management in facilitating a co-ordinating committee has only served to polarise INO members at the hospital.”


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