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All Out Strike By Nurses At Sligo General Hospital To Proceed Tomorrow, Thursday, May 21st.

PRESS RELEASE,  Wednesday, May 20, 2009

  • Unions to provide emergency response teams
  • Unprecedented industrial action in protest at HSE’s failure to ensure safe care

Talks aimed at averting tomorrow’s action by nurses in Sligo General Hospital failed to reach agreement this evening.  The HSE, while acknowledging significant nursing staff deficits in many acute areas, refused to re-engage 19 nurses who they had either sacked or not renewed their contracts. 

230 INO and SIPTU members will be on strike tomorrow between 8am and 5pm supported by other members who are not rostered on tomorrow.

Management have proposed further cuts in nursing staff as cost containment measures and yet continue to attempt to provide a service.  The nursing service in Sligo General is being provided solely with the goodwill and flexibility of nurses working under severe and increasing pressure. 

Speaking after the meeting, INO Industrial Relations Officer, Noel Treanor said:

“Management’s intransigence and arrogance in reducing nursing numbers, combined with their acknowledgement that there are clear and substantial deficits, show how little is their regard for their employees and, more importantly, the patients.

This action is not being undertaken with a light heart but is the only road available at this stage in pursuit of safe staffing levels in order to provide safe care in Sligo General Hospital.”

Mr Treanor called for urgent intervention from the highest level to immediately seek a provision which would allow for the deferral of tomorrow’s action.




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