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Hospital Services In Monaghan And Blanchardstown Under Threat Following Directive For A 37% Cut In Relief Frontline Staff 28.07.11

PRESS RELEASE' Thursday, 28th July 2011

The Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation has been informed that the HSE, in the Dublin North East region, covering Cavan/Monaghan and Blanchardstown Hospitals, will, with effect from 1st August, be implementing a 37% reduction in the provision of agency/locum staff in these facilities. These staff are currently recruited to fill front line vacancies and meet essential clinical need.

These reductions which mean a cut of:

  • a €450,000 per month, in Cavan/Monaghan; and
  • a €296,000, per month, in Blanchardstown Hospital;

will inevitably result in a massive curtailment of health services, in these locations, for the remainder of this year.

These further round of cutbacks have been proposed, on top of additional staff savings already being implemented, notwithstanding the fact that these hospitals are currently delivering an increased level of service, when compared to 2010, despite the previous reduction in financial allocation.

INMO General Secretary Liam Doran, speaking this lunchtime said:

“This latest round of proposed financial cuts, which have been announced without any prior consultation with this Organisation or other health unions, will, undoubtedly, result in major service reductions in the Cavan/Monaghan Hospital Complex and Blanchardstown Hospital in Dublin. Effectively the hospitals will only provide emergency services if these cuts proceed.

As part of these new measures senior clinicians have been threatened with disciplinary action and a liability to make good any financial costs incurred above the stated ceiling, if they, due to the clinical need they identify, employ additional frontline locum staff above the reduced ceiling they have been provided.

The INMO has already written today to the HSE stating that, the obligations of any nurse be cannot ever be compromised under their responsibility to fully meet patient care.”

The INMO has sought an immediate meeting with senior management in the HSE to discuss what is undoubtedly their most dramatic cut in health services proposed in decades for these hospitals.

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Letter to Mr Stephen Mulvany, Regional Director of Operations, HSE Dublin North East.
 
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