- Dispute is in relation to ongoing inadequate and unsafe nurse staffing levels on the ward.
Members of the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation, (INMO) on the Oncology/Radiotherapy Ward at Cork University Hospital will commence industrial action in the form of a work to rule at 8.00a.m. on Wednesday, October 5, 2016. The dispute is in relation to on-going inadequate and unsafe nurse staffing levels on the ward. During the work to rule members will withdraw from clerical and support duties to focus on, and prioritise, direct nursing care.
The decision by INMO members to commence industrial action is based on their expert clinical knowledge and their concerns in relation to patient safety and their ability to provide safe care. The INMO has engaged with management on this issue on an on-going basis since December 2015 and highlighted member’s concerns which, to date, have not been adequately addressed. Management have reneged on commitments given at the Workplace Relations Commission in May and June, 2016.
Speaking today INMO Industrial Relations Officer, Mary Rose Carroll said:
“Our members are extremely concerned about patient safety and are frustrated and disappointed at management’s inadequate response to their legitimate concerns. The staffing deficits on the ward are further compounded by the opening of additional beds.
INMO members wish to highlight their concerns in relation to maintaining their professional registration and believe that working in this difficult environment is having a detrimental effect on their health and well-being. They have been left with no other option but to take this course of action.”