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45 Patients On Trolleys In Cavan General Hospital This Morning. 19.01.11
- INMO members to seek permission to ballot for industrial action

PRESS RELEASE, Wednesday, January 19th, 2011

45 patients are languishing on trolleys in Cavan General Hospital this morning awaiting an in-patient bed. These patients are suffering in terrible conditions in an over-crowded Emergency Department and head to toe on corridors adjoining that department and members of the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation are at breaking point trying to deliver quality care.

The Cavan Branch, at their AGM tonight, will consider a proposal to seek permission from the INMO Executive Council to ballot for industrial action.  The key reason for this is that the department is severely overcrowded, they are understaffed due to the non filling of vacancies and the problem continues to deteriorate.

For the first 12 days of this year 345 patients have spent time on trolleys waiting for a bed compared to 277 for the full month of January (20 days) last year.  There are 72 patients awaiting beds in the North East this morning while over 200 beds have been closed in the region.

The INMO have been seeking a meeting with management on the issue since January 4th, but have received no response to date.

The hospital remains on call and all elective procedures have continued despite the severe overcrowding. This demonstrates that management now consider this a normal occurrence rather than initiating appropriate escalation procedures.
 
Speaking this morning INMO Industrial Relations Officer, Tony Fitzpatrick said:

“HSE management are ignoring this most serious situation which is causing grave hardship to patients and staff.  They have failed to engage with the INMO despite numerous requests and have left our members with no option but to seek permission from the Organisation’s Executive Council to ballot for industrial action.

This is the same management that has failed to provide a paediatric nurse 24/7 in the Emergency Department as recommend in the Frances Sheridan Report over six year’s ago.”

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