PRESS RELEASE, Thursday, 10th March 2011
The Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) welcomes the appointment of Dr. James Reilly to the post of Minister for Health and we wish him every success in this most challenging and important of ministerial positions.
The INMO also welcomes the commitment, in the new Programme for Government, to a single tier health system, which will ensure that access to care is determined by need rather than ability to pay.
Today, Thursday, 10th March 2011, the INMO has written to the Minister, seeking an early meeting with him to discuss:
INMO General Secretary Liam Doran, speaking today, said:
“The appointment of the new Minister, taken with the radical reform programme, for the health service, contained in the Programme for Government is very welcome.
The INMO will work with the new Minister, and incoming government, in a joint endeavour to ensure that the necessary major reforms are made which ensures an end to A&E overcrowding, the provision of safe and appropriate care for all patients, the full utilisation of the nursing and midwifery resource and the lifting of this crude moratorium which is having a corrosive and damaging impact on patient care.
We look forward to an early meeting with the Minister and we will certainly work with him, and the new government, to deliver real, positive change to a health system, which is of benefit to patient care through the empowerment of frontline clinicians”.