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Second 4 Hour Work Stoppage By Nurses To Go Ahead At MWRH, Limerick This Morning 28.09.11

Press Release. 28.09.11

A second 4 hour work stoppage by nurses at the Emergency Department of the Mid Western Regional Hospital, Limerick will go ahead this morning, commencing at 8.30a.m.

Speaking this morning, INMO Industrial Relations Officer, Mary Fogarty said:

“No agreement was reached following five hours of talks at the Labour Relations Commission yesterday evening.  From the outset at the LRC, management acknowledged the sincerity of all the issues raised by nurses. However, due to the moratorium on recruitment and the huge financial deficit which the hospital finds itself in, local HSE management were not in a position to immediately address, even on an interim basis for a period of 5 to 6 weeks, the patient safety concerns of our members.  This, at a very minimum, would have enabled the hospital to commence addressing many internal systems issues that are long overdue, since prior to the reconfiguration of acute services in the region.”

Members of the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation at the hospital continue to voice their concerns regarding gross overcrowding and the consequent negative effect this is having on delivery of a satisfactory standard of nursing care in the ED and throughout the hospital.

The INMO is calling on members of the public, community groups and politicians to attend the picket this morning to support this action for a “safe” Emergency Department and hospital for all the people of the Mid West region.



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