The Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) has reacted angrily to the embargo on recruitment of nurses and midwives announced yesterday by the HSE.
David Hughes, INMO Deputy General Secretary, said:
“The Health Service and hospitals are already operating under severe strain due to lack of staffing. We are short by over 3,600 nurses and midwives already and this embargo will make an intolerable situation utterly impossible.
Nurses and midwives are at breaking point due to increasing demand for health services and staff shortages caused by previous embargoes during the recession. It is simply not possible to deliver safe care with such an embargo in place and this irresponsible act on the part of the HSE will cost lives.
Mr Hughes concluded:
The INMO are calling on the new Minister for Health, Mr Simon Harris, to immediately intervene and ensure that the recruitment of nurses and midwives continues in the public interest and to prevent utter chaos in an already severely strained health service.”