- The protest is to highlight severe staffing shortages at the hospital
Members of the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda will stage a lunchtime protest from 1.00p.m. to 1.30p.m. on Monday, May 9, 2016.
Members are gravely concerned at staffing shortages throughout the hospital where there are 103 vacant posts. The INMO recognises that management are now attempting to recruit into the vacant posts but, in the interim, all beds remain open despite the fact that there are insufficient staff on duty to provide safe and appropriate care.
One ward, for example, should have 37 nurses on the roster but currently are operating with only 20 (53%). The current shortages are negatively impacting upon patient care and there is a clear requirement for management to curtail bed capacity, pending the recruitment of additional nurses.
The INMO has also served notice of industrial action in the form of a work to rule to commence on Thursday, May 19, 2016. However, further meetings are planned with management on Monday afternoon.
Speaking today, INMO Industrial Relations Officer, Tony Fitzpatrick said:
“Our members are taking this action in the interests of protecting the patients in their care. It is foolhardy in the extreme for management to allow this situation to continue and it is now necessary to curtail services pending the recruitment of additional nurses. All research indicates that the quality of patient care is directly related to the number of registered nurses on duty. If this number is diminished then patients suffer.”