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Nurses Commence Ballot Over Patient Safety In Limerick 28/04/09

PRESS RELEASE,  Tuesday, April 28th, 2009

Members of both the Irish Nurses Organisation and SIPTU (nursing) have commenced a ballot for industrial action in the A&E Department at Mid Western Regional Hospital, Limerick.

The INO, on behalf of members whose prime concern is the safety of patients at the hospital, is urgently seeking additional resources in the Emergency Department  and the immediate review, as recommended by HIQA this month, of the ‘clinical and non clinical management, leadership and governance arrangements at the hospital.’

It is of grave concern to nurses working in this department that the hospital, as a whole, cannot cope with the A/E demands of the region without the appropriate resources being in place as highlighted by the INO in a press statement last January (CLICK HERE) and previously by other healthcare professionals including General Practitioners in the region and the Teamwork’s report published in January 2009.

Speaking this afternoon, INO Industrial Relations Officer, Mary Fogarty said:

“Nurses are deeply frustrated at the blatant disregard for their concerns around patient safety by the HSE and regret that they are left with no alternative but to resort to industrial action to protect the patients in their care and to improve standards of care at the hospital.

All of the issues have been highlighted directly to hospital management through correspondence, the latest of which was sent to the HSE last Wednesday. So far, there have been no attempts to the best of our knowledge, to address the patient safety issues raised in this correspondence. In fact a meeting scheduled for tomorrow Wednesday 29th February, with nurses at the hospital has been deferred.”

 

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