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Reduction In Services At Letterkenny General Hospital Inevitable. 10/08/09

The Irish Nurses Organisation and SIPTU claim that a reduction in services at Letterkenny General Hospital is now inevitable following an indication that 33 nurses will be released at the end of their current contracts. Hospital management confirmed that the decision, which had been imposed by the HSE nationally as a cost containment measure, was now to apply to the hospital.

 Speaking this morning, INO Industrial Relations Officer, Noel Treanor said:

  “This gives the lie to the HSE’s comments that frontline services will not be affected by cutbacks. In Letterkenny, it is only frontline services which will be affected. The hospital has already indicated to the various unions that they are currently meeting the minimum service levels required.”

 He continued: “There is no question but that such losses will mean that there will be reduced services in Letterkenny, in effect equal to the closure of a ward. Redeployment or reconfiguration will not be sufficient to ensure that a safe service at the current level will be provided to the people of Donegal.”

The INO, SIPTU and IMPACT unions, are to continue discussions with local hospital management, in consideration of providing alternative work to those not being retained, as well as discussions on the ongoing provision of services at a safe level.

 

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