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INMO To Hold Major Conference 03.11.11
On Patient Safety In Croke Park Tomorrow, Friday, November 4th, 2011


PRESS RELEASE, Thursday, November 3rd, 2011

INMO To Hold Major Conference On Patient Safety In Croke Park Tomorrow, Friday, November 4Th, 2011

The Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation will hold a major conference tomorrow, Friday, November 4th, 2011 in the Croke Park Conference Centre with the theme “Maintaining Safe Practice and Protecting Patient Care – The Challenge for Nursing/Midwifery and You”.  It will be attended by over 250 nurses and midwives from around the country.  The purpose of this conference is to help members to maintain safe practice, protect patient care and recognise their accountability within the current climate.  
Part of the proceedings will be an in-depth presentation from staff, from the Mid-Staffordshire Trust in England, which was the subject of a major statutory investigation following allegations of high mortality and morbidity rates (see www.midstaffsinquiry.com for more information). Robert Frances QC, Chairman of the Independent Inquiry into Care provided by the Mid-Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust, concluded in his final report that “patients were routinely neglected by a Trust that was preoccupied with cost cutting, targets and processes and which lost sight of its fundamental responsibility to provide safe care.”  His final report is based on evidence from over 900 patients and families who contacted the Inquiry with their views.
The Conference will be opened at 9.00a.m. by INMO President, Sheila Dickson and Liam Doran, General Secretary will give the opening address at 9.15a.m. Mr Mike Gill, Associate Director, Health RCM Tenon and former Finance Director & Deputy Chief Executive of the Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust will speak at 9.30a.m. 
Mr Manjit Obhrai, Medical Director, Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust will give a presentation at 11.00a.m. followed by Mr Colin Ovington, Director of Nursing and Midwifery at Mid Staffordshire at 11.45a.m.  This session will be chaired by Mr Michael Shannon, Nursing and Midwifery Services Director, HSE.
There will be a panel discussion at 12.30p.m. chaired by Professor Anne Scott, Deputy President/Registrar, Dublin City University.
The afternoon session, chaired by Ms Janice Smyth, Director RCN, Northern Ireland, will begin at 2.15p.m.with a presentation on “Fitness to Practice” by Ms Ruth O’Connor, BCL, O’Connor Solicitors.  This will be followed at 3.15p.m. by a talk on “The Way Ahead – Finding the leader within, with ordinary people producing extraordinary results” by Management Consultant – Ms Miriam Wiltshire.
Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health will give concluding remarks at 4.00p.m.
Speaking ahead of the conference INMO General Secretary, Liam Doran said:
“Robert Frances QC, Chairman of the Inquiry into the Mid Staffordshire Trust in England concluded ‘People must always come before numbers, individual patients and their treatment are what really matter.  Statistics, benchmarks and action plans are tools not ends in themselves.  They should not come before patients and their experiences.  This is what must be remembered by all those who design and implement policy for the NHS.’ 
The Irish public health service has lost nearly 3,000 nurses and midwives and 2,317 beds have been closed.  However there is an ever-increasing demand for healthcare – the number of people attending emergency departments has increased again this year, the number of out-patient appointments has increased, the number of admissions and day cases has increased and the number of home visits has increased – yet demand cannot be met and waiting lists continue to rise. The stark reality, to patients and those working in the frontline, is that our health service is now under unbearable pressure, standards of care are inevitably dropping and patient outcomes are being compromised arising from shortage of staff, increased patient dependency and delays in accessing treatment.
At the conference tomorrow we will hear first hand from representatives from the Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust on what went wrong when budgets took priority over patients.
The experience of Mid Staffordshire must be heard and understood by our Minister, our Government and Senior Management in the HSE.  Regardless of the financial pressures, everyone must heed the findings of the inquiry in England and we must all ensure that patient care is never demoted to second place.”
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