Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO), today, have described as hazardous the low staffing levels at St. Finbarr’s Hospital, Cork. According to INMO up to 11.5 additional nurses are required to maintain safe care and dignity for residents at the hospital. A directive issued by HSE (CHO4 Southern Region), to the hospital has, according to an INMO spokesperson, forced hospital management to cut agency staff employment.
Mary-Rose Carroll, INMO Industrial Relations Officer for the region said, “With the stroke of a pen HSE South senior management have taken 8 nursing staff out of frontline care. The situation is now hazardous and patient care will suffer. Nobody consulted the nursing workforce to assess the impact of such a dramatic drop in nursing staff on the lives and well-being of residents at St. Finbarr’s.”
Patient care is now significantly compromised. The Director of Nursing post is filled on a temporary basis and other nurse management positions remain unfilled.
INMO is calling on HSE senior management to immediately restore the agency cover and fill all current vacancies.
Mary-Rose Carroll concluded, “Our members are seriously concerned at the falling standard of care and feel compelled to speak up for their patients”