Monday, December 12, 2016
INMO Members In Cavan General Hospital To Stage A Lunchtime Protest Tomorrow, Tuesday, December 13 At 1.00 P.M. To Highlight Staff Shortages
Members of the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) in Cavan General Hospital will stage a lunchtime protest tomorrow, Tuesday, December 13 at 1.00p.m. to highlight staffing shortages at the hospital. It is the view of the Organisation that inadequate staffing levels, pervasive throughout the hospital, are negatively impacting upon patient care and are affecting the health, safety and well-being of nursing/midwifery staff.
The INMO has had several engagements with management in an attempt to address the staffing deficits in the hospital. They met management at the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) last Thursday, December 8 and, despite management being well aware of the difficulties, they made no cogent proposals to address the issues and, instead, sought more time to consider their response. The INMO cannot allow a situation to continue where patient safety and staff well-being are put at risk.
There is a clear requirement on management to ensure that there are sufficient staff on duty to provide safe care to patients and they are not fulfilling this obligation at present. There are significant deficits throughout the hospital including areas such as theatre, maternity, surgical, medical and the Emergency Department.
Speaking this evening, INMO Industrial Relations Officer, Tony Fitzpatrick said:
“Our members are extremely concerned about patient safety and are frustrated and disappointed at management’s inadequate response to the issue. 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.”
A further meeting is scheduled with the WRC on December 20, 2016.