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Nurses express concern about cutbacks to older persons services in Sligo. 23/09/09


Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009

Nurses express concern about cutbacks to older persons services in Sligo
INO members in St John's hospital have expressed their concerns that the recruitment embargo will have a detrimental effect on the continued ability to provide services to the older person in the hospital. Following a meeting of members, it was indicated that a number of nursing and non-nursing posts are vacant in the hospital, either through the non-replacement of people who have left the service or through maternity leave.
INO IRO, Noel Treanor commented, “This is another example of where the HSE and department of Finance, by implementing the moratorium on recruitment as a blunt fiscal tool, are putting crucial frontline services at risk. Standards in St John's hospital are exceptionally high and all staff wish to se that continue. However, in light of recent events and in the current environment, they are concerned about the future for their patients"
Members indicated that they would be strongly supporting the 24/365 alliance meeting which is being held In the Clarion Hotel, Sligo on next Monday evening. This meeting is to highlight to government the threats faced by frontline services, including nurses, gardai, ambulance personnel and prison officers as a result of prospective fiscal policies.
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