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INO Despair At Further Nursing Lay-Offs In Letterkenny General Hospital

PRESS RELEASE

Wednesday, November 18th, 2009

INO members in Letterkenny General Hospital are angry and frustrated at the corporate decision of the HSE to terminate the contracts of 18 newly qualified nurses in the hospital.  Notwithstanding the personal impact upon the individuals affected, this will now certainly have a significant and detrimental effect upon service provision in the hospital where the local management has already indicated that they are providing only the minimum reasonable service to the people of Donegal.

INO Industrial Relations Officer, Noel Treanor said “Corporate HSE and the Department of Health are morally bankrupt and have no concern for the services required for the people of Donegal.  Once more, Ireland is training nurses exclusively for export, where nurses are forced to leave for work, families will be split and for those who cannot leave, an uncertain future faces them.”

He continued: “This gives the lie to the propaganda that public servants’ jobs are all safe.  While nurses have been let go throughout the country over the last couple of years, the government and the HSE still expect patients to be cared for and services provided with less staff.”

The INO is due to meet local management over the next couple of days and further discussions will take place in regard to this.  The nurses involved are to be given one week’s notice.
 

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