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INO says HSE Draft Circular on Staff Cuts Totally Unacceptable 21/04/09

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PRESS RELEASE, Tuesday, April 21st. 2009

At a meeting with HSE Senior Management, earlier today, the INO, in conjunction with other heath service unions, stated that the draft Circular proposing severe staff cutbacks to the public health service, was totally unacceptable and would be vehemently opposed.

The Circular, which was insulting to hard working staff and its implementation injurious to patient care, was drawn up in the context of the government’s freeze on public service recruitment.  At the meeting today the INO said that the Circular’s implementation would be harmful to patient care, reduce the availability of frontline services, and cut essential frontline staff and, in that context, would damage the essential fabric of our country’s public health service.

The HSE have agreed to re-draft the Circular and a further meeting, between the HSE and health service unions, will take place next Monday afternoon.

Speaking earlier this evening, INO General Secretary, Liam Doran said:

“The staffing cuts proposed by this draft Circular would render the delivery of safe care, to patients and clients, impossible.  Local managers would no longer have the authority to ensure safe and adequate staffing levels and, furthermore, would be threatened with disciplinary action if they did not adhere to the terms of the Circular.

While the INO recognises the severe financial challenge facing the government, in managing the public finances, we will not accept, or cooperate with, the introduction of staffing cuts in frontline services which will inevitably cause unsafe practice and a reduction in the quality of care available to patients.

The INO will be raising this critical issue when the Social Partnership talks reconvene later this week.”


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