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Nurses and midwives to protest at hospitals across country
Press Release 10.9.18


Nurses and midwives to protest at hospitals across country
Nurses and midwives are gathering in protest at hospitals across the country, demanding the HSE make plans for the expected winter increase in patients. 
INMO figures show that August was the worst on record for overcrowding, with hundreds of vacant nursing posts in emergency departments and wards across Ireland. 
The INMO revealed last week that the HSE still does not have a plan to recruit extra staff or reduce services to cope with the demand. The NHS, in contrast, has already published their winter plan.
Lunchtime protests so far include:
  • Galway: Monday 10 Sept, 1pm, UHG Main Entrance 
  • Cork: Tuesday 11 Sept, 12:30pm, Main Entrance to CUH/CUMH campus 
  • Limerick: Tuesday 11 Sept, 12:30pm, UL Front Entrance
More dates and locations will be announced on the INMO Twitter account, @INMO_IRL.
INMO General Secretary Phil Ní Sheaghdha said:
“Nurses and midwives are constantly apologising to patients for the conditions in the health service. Thousands are trapped on trolleys every week, and things will only get worse as winter bites.
“Yet the HSE still has no plan to recruit extra staff or cut back services to cope with the demand. This could lead to unplanned cancellations of elective appointments. We can’t go on like this. It’s time for the HSE to be honest with the public.”
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