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INO says ‘NO’ to closed beds at Bantry General Hospital and calls on members to attend the Political Protest tomorrow, Saturday, March 21st. 20/03/09

PRESS RELEASE

Friday, March 20th, 2009

Members of the Irish Nurses Organisation are united in their opposition to the radical and reckless actions of the Executive Board of Bantry General Hospital to close 10 acute care beds while patients lie on trolleys elsewhere in the hospital.

The HSE made the decision last Friday to close the beds against the wishes of the Clinical Director of Reconfiguration who assured the public on 6th March that all beds at the Hospital would remain open.

Speaking earlier today, Patsy Doyle, INO Industrial Relations Officer, said:

“The decision to close beds in Bantry Hospital and deny the West Cork public a safe and secure service is reprehensible.  The clinical accountability for this decision rests firmly with the Executive Management Board, as clinicians and managers of the Hospital, as INO members are adamant that full services are viable at Bantry”.

The INO will support the political protest tomorrow as the hospital is essential to the people of West Cork.  We will also fight to retain nursing posts in Bantry as ‘PATIENTS NEED NURSES’.

We call on the HSE to re-open the acute beds and apportion a fair part of the €600m  Southern Acute Hospital Budget to Bantry General Hospital.”

The protest will begin at Harbour View in Bantry at 2.00p.m. tomorrow, Saturday, March 21st.


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