The Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) has welcomed the additional allocation, of €500 million, announced today, for our public health service.
The INMO notes that this allocation should allow for the maintenance of existing service levels combined with additional funding for such critical areas as homecare and disability services. The INMO also notes that the additional allocation contains monies earmarked for a winter initiative which will be targeted at further reducing Emergency Department overcrowding later this year.
The INMO has, today, looked for early meetings with Ministers of State McEntee and McGrath to engage with them, immediately, on issues affecting older persons and disability services.
This additional allocation should also remove any confusion currently existing with regard to the recruitment of nurses and midwives to vacant posts and assist in recruiting staff to ensure safe patient care and manageable workloads for staff.
Speaking this evening INMO General Secretary Liam Doran said:
“This additional allocation, is most welcome and is required by the health service which continues to face increasing levels of demand.
It is imperative that the HSE immediately recommences recruitment, to frontline nursing and midwifery posts, which has been the subject of confusion in recent weeks.
The additional allocation, particularly earmarked funding for a renewed winter initiative, must now be subject to early discussions with the ED Implementation Group. This will ensure the system utilises this additional resource efficiently and effectively, in the frontline, in the interests of patient care and standards of service”.