INMO Members to commence industrial action at Dungarvan Community Hospital, Waterford due to staff shortages
Members of the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) will commence industrial action at Dungarvan Community Hospital, Waterford to highlight the shortage of nurses at the this 146 bedded care of the older person facility. They will stage a lunchtime protest at the hospital on Tuesday, November 15, 2016 from 1.30p.m. – 3.00 p.m. followed by the commencement of a work to rule at 8.00 a.m. Monday, November 21, 2016. During the work to rule nurses will set aside non- nursing roles in order to maximise patient care requirements.
This HSE run establishment currently has 12 vacant whole time equivalent (WTE) nurse positions and this is further compounded by approximately 7 vacant posts arising from absences including maternity leave which are not being replaced. Calls by members to curtail admissions to the facility until such time as nursing levels improve, were not acted on by the HSE.
Speaking today, INMO Industrial Relations Officer, Mary Power said:
“INMO members feel that they have no option but to concentrate on core nursing care roles to ensure their focus is on delivering quality and safe care to their patients at the hospital. This shortage of nursing staff has been ongoing for quite some time and while we have met management on many occasions, the HSE have failed to recruit enough nurses for Dungarvan Community Hospital to meet the service needs.
This action will enhance the actual nursing care for patients as it will allow nurses to prioritise patient care by ceasing non-urgent clerical/support work.”