No money for safe nurse and midwife staffing in HSE Service Plan, says INMO
The HSE’s 2019 Service Plan has allocated no extra funds to provide safe staffing levels for nurses and midwives, according to the INMO.
The plan sets out the services the HSE will provide in 2019. It will see some services reduced, waiting times for some elective procedures lengthened, and delays in accessing nursing homes under the Fair Deal scheme.
The plan pledges to implement the “Framework for Safe Nurse Staffing and Skill Mix”, which would increase the number of nurses in wards.
Adopting the framework is government policy. Its pilot programme in three Irish hospitals found that the framework delivered:
- a 58% reduction in missed care;
- a drop in patient mortality;
- improved patient satisfaction;
- lower staff burnout, sick leave, and intention to leave the job;
- significant savings in per patient costs due to quicker care;
- and monthly net staffing savings of €2,905 per ward, due to reduced agency costs.
However, the HSE Service Plan has no funding to implement this framework.
INMO General Secretary Phil Ní Sheaghdha said:
“You get what you pay for. Plans are well and good, but they’re just words on paper without the money to back them up.
“The government’s own Safe Nurse Staffing framework makes patients safer, saves money, and makes sense. Yet the upfront investment is nowhere to be found.
“The evidence shows that extra nurses and midwives make a real difference. The government must confirm that the necessary investment in safe nurse staffing levels will be provided in 2019, and an implementation plan agreed.”
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