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The INO Calls On The Hse To Lift The Recruitment Embargo As It Bites Deep In South Tipperary General Hospital, Clonmel. 28/10/07


Wednesday, 28th November 2007

The Irish Nurses Organisation is today calling on the HSE to lift the recruitment freeze in South Tipperary General Hospital to enable additional staff to be recruited to meet the needs of patients in the hospital.

The hospital, earlier this year, after almost a decade of indecision at Department of Health level, became the hospital taking the combined trauma and surgical services previously provided at both Cashel and Clonmel.

Last week, in a move to ease the crisis in the A&E department of the hospital, hospital management opened 12 beds in the gynaecological ward, to care for A&E patients, but no additional nursing or support staff were made available to care for these patients due to the HSE’s recruitment freeze.

The result of this was that insufficient numbers of staff were made available to care for patients and six of these beds have been closed again this week together with six more surgical beds at the hospital.

While these beds are closed patients are now detained on trolleys, in the A&E department of the hospital, with no available beds in the service for them.

Speaking today, INO Industrial Relations Officer, Liz Curran, said:

“Our nurse and midwife members in the hospital are expected to operate a service on the basis of “business as usual” against a background of inadequate staffing, primarily due to the HSE’s recruitment freeze. Patients have to wait on trolleys, in the A&E department, while beds in the hospital are closed due to the failure of the HSE to allow local management recruit sufficient staff to provide care for the patients in the service.

Our members are struggling to provide the quality of care their patients need and deserve, and are reporting high levels of stress due to the current situation. The INO is aware that local management have appealed to the HSE to allow them recruit the staff required, but these appeals have largely fallen on deaf ears. The INO is also aware that patient safety concerns, due to inadequate staffing, have been raised by local senior management with top level HSE management.

The situation in Clonmel highlights the real and severe impact of the HSE recruitment freeze on patients and staff, and the INO calls on the HSE to lift the recruitment freeze immediately to allow staff be recruited to care for the patients seeking treatment at the hospital.



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