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INMO Proceed With Industrial Action Following Overcrowding In Beaumont Hospital. 04.08.11


Members of the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO), have proceeded to undertake industrial action following the decision of Beaumont Hospital management to place patients on trolleys in the ward areas. This is following an inordinate number of admissions through the emergency department and the incapacity of other hospitals to deal with the numbers.

Noel Treanor, industrial relations officer, said on the issue:

“Following a meeting with management where we indicated that overcrowding the hospital was not a solution to the issue of admissions through the emergency department and with the prospect of trolleys being placed on wards for a second night running, the INMO have initiated industrial action aimed at sustaining safe patient care in an unsafe environment.”

The INMO firmly believe that the overcrowding experienced in Beaumont Hospital is merely a symptom of the undercutting of frontline services generally. The diminution of emergency services in Navan and Dundalk and the cutting of funding for frontline services in Blanchardstown, Our Lady of Lourdes, Drogheda, and the North East in general, is contributing to the unseasonable number of admissions through the emergency department in Beaumont. The Minister for Health, must review recent policy statements which discourage hospitals from dealing with overcrowding and appropriate access to hospitals, while at the same time reducing the capacity of such hospitals to provide frontline care.


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