Press Release 28.07.16
Members of the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) in Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda will resume industrial action tomorrow, July 29th in pursuit of their claim for safe staffing levels in medical and surgical wards. The INMO is seeking that the provision of care is matched to a safe nurse staffing level in the wards within the hospital. However, the hospital has been unable to recruit or retain sufficient nursing staff in order to appropriately staff these wards, thus compromising patient care.
Further proposals were put forward following the intervention of the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC). However, these proposals were overwhelmingly rejected by INMO members as being insufficient to address this crisis. The INMO is seeking the immediate closure of a number of beds in order to allow safe and appropriate levels of care to be given to patients.
Speaking this evening, INMO Industrial Relations Officer, Noel Treanor said:
“Our members are frustrated in regard to the long-standing short-staffing in this hospital. Their only motivation is to be able to provide the highest standard of care for the patients in the region. However, with colleagues moving on to new posts elsewhere, and an acknowledged difficulty in filling vacancies, it is not feasible to maintain existing levels of services.”
Mr Treanor continued:
“The decision to recommence the work-to-rule was not taken lightly by members. It is imperative that HSE management recognise the need to close beds in order to ensure the optimum level of services are provided, pending the recruitment of sufficient numbers of nurses with experience to address the current service demands.”
The work-to-rule involves nurses on these wards withdrawing from non-nursing duties. Our members will continue to provide all direct patient care during this industrial action.