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News Update 9 - 6th January 2017
National Campaign

Friday, 6th January 2017


Dear Member,

May I begin this note, the first of 2017, by, despite everything, wishing you, and your families, a very happy and healthy 2017 and I hope you had an enjoyable Christmas period.

In relation to a number of important matters, arising at this time, I wish to advise you of the following; 

1.    NATIONAL CAMPAIGN - STAFFING/RECRUITMENT/RETENTION

As previous advised, and following the recent National Ballot, members voted by 90% to support a campaign of industrial action, including days of strike action, in pursuit of special initiatives to address the staffing/recruitment/retention crisis facing nursing/midwifery. 

In that regard I can now confirm that the INMO is due to meet, with representatives from the Department of Health and the HSE, on next Thursday afternoon, 12th January, to begin initial discussions on how to address the current crisis.

Members are asked to note that this meeting is subject to all acute hospitals having restored the Time Plus One Sixth Premium, to nurses/midwives who work after 6pm, and confirmation that monies have actually been paid, reflecting the fact that this premium has been restored from 01 January 2016.

If the meeting, on staffing/recruitment/retention, proceeds then it is likely that it will lead to intensive discussions in subsequent days.  This will be for the purpose of responding to our demand for special measures, under all three headings, to address the current severe shortage of nurses/midwives.   

We will, of course, keep members fully advised, following the meeting on the 12th, of any developments and any further discussions that follow.

 
2.    ED / HOSPITAL OVERCROWDING 

As you will have seen the level of overcrowding, in our acute hospitals, reached record levels, earlier this week, with 612 people, admitted for care, finding themselves on a trolley in an Emergency Department or on in-patient wards.

In response to this the INMO has demanded a number of emergency measures including; 

  • Immediate incentivised staffing initiatives to increase the number of nursing hours within the system; 
  • The presence of senior clinical decision makers, over the extended day/ seven day period, in all hospitals between now and the end of March;
  • Subject to staffing being available additional bed capacity in acute hospitals; and 
  • Additional staffing resources for Community/Long Term Care Service. 

The Emergency Department Taskforce met, this morning, to discuss the critical situation and the HSE confirmed that it is seeking to open 63 additional beds, 60 stepdown beds and increase access to diagnostics and private healthcare facilities, on a temporary basis, to ease the situation.

In response to these measures, which the organisation view as wholly inadequate in the context of the current crisis, the INMO has stated the following;

  • No additional beds can be opened, in any hospital, until the required additional nursing and support staff are actually in place; 
  • That Directors of Nursing be given unfettered authority, with complete autonomy, to recruit whatever numbers of nursing staff are necessary to maintain safe care for patients and safe practice for staff; and 
  • That all hospitals roster senior clinical decision makers, on an extended day basis over the seven days, to assist with decision making, thus reducing waiting times in Emergency Departments.

In addition the INMO specifically sought the following; 

  • Immediate implementation of the ED Expert Group Recommendation providing for additional, permanent, nursing staff to look after admitted patients in all Emergency Departments on a 1:5 ratio; 

The issue is now to be discussed at the meeting, scheduled for the 12th January, referred to above re staffing/recruitment/retention.

The INMO will monitor the situation, over the weekend, with a view to holding further discussions, with the HSE/ Department of Health, on the issue on an ongoing basis early next week.

3.    INMO SUPPORT

Over recent days we have received reports which suggest that some hospital managements are attempting to interfere with normal terms and conditions of employment for members i.e. cancelling days off at short notice/deferring annual leave etc.

Members are reminded that they should make contact with the INMO, immediately, if any efforts are made to impose, unilateral, changes with regard to time off / planned leave etc.

If members are in doubt, with regard to how to respond, to any such demand from management, they should also make contact with the organisation for help/guidance and support if necessary.

Thanks you for your attention to this note and further updates will issue, on all the foregoing matters, in the coming days.

Yours sincerely,

Liam Doran
General Secretary  

 
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