ED Agreement - Report On Third Review By WRC
INMO secures confirmation that all vacant Emergency Department Nursing posts will be filled
Thursday, 26 May 2016
At the most recent review of the ED Agreement the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) secured confirmation, from the HSE, that all vacant nursing posts, in the country’s Emergency Departments (ED), will be filled, as provided for in the recent Agreement, despite the recent announcement, to pause recruitment, from the HSE.
The confirmation, that all posts will be filled, was given at the third Review of the ED Agreement between the HSE/Department of Health and the INMO, chaired by the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) which took place last Monday.
This part of the ED Agreement provides for the filling of over 144 staff nurse posts, in ED’s, across the country.
The meeting also noted that the level of overcrowding this year, to date, is almost identical with the level of overcrowding which took place in 2015. However the figures for the first three weeks of May, in 2016 compared to last year, indicated a 10% reduction with 4,766 admitted patients on trolley’s, compared to 5,324 in the first three weeks of May in 2015.
The third review also considered a number of other issues including;
The WRC will convene the parties again, on Monday 25th July, to undertake its fourth review, of the implementation of the ED Agreement, and begin preparing for the autumn/winter period later this year.
The meeting also noted that a special four person expert group, provided for in the Agreement including one nominee from the INMO, will be established immediately (6th June 2016). This will begin the process leading to recommended staffing levels, for all 26 EDs across the country, and report within 10 weeks. The INMO will be represented on this group by Ms Bernadette Stenson, CNM2, in St Vincent’s Hospital ED and member of the incoming Executive Council for 2016 - 2018.
The INMO also took the opportunity, at this meeting, to point out, to the HSE/Department of Health, that any recruitment pause, with regard to nursing and midwifery, would be counterproductive, damage standards of care and, inevitably, lead to bed closures and curtailment of other services.
The INMO also confirmed it will continue to engage with senior management, at hospital and group level, to ensure the ongoing, 24/7, implementation of the ED Agreement.
This review also noted that the next meeting of the ED Taskforce Implementation Group will take place next Monday 30th May. This meeting will be attended by the new Minister for Health, Mr. Simon Harris TD. A further update will issue, to all INMO ED members, after this meeting.
Please continue to participate in all local meetings, under this agreement, and thank you for your attention to this note.