Members Update 29 - 19.12.18
The ballots have now been counted and the results are as follows:
- 95% of INMO members, working in the public service who were balloted, have cast their vote in favour of industrial / strike action.
This is a very strong mandate which the INMO Executive Council will now consider on 7th January 2019, at its next meeting. Communication will be issued to you immediately post the meeting on 8th January 2019. In the meantime, please click here for the press statement which issued today,
18th December 2018, and also a message from both myself, and the President, Martina Harkin-Kelly on the announcement of the ballot result.
As you may be aware a Funded Workforce Plan was provided for 2017. The HSE could not, and did not, recruit enough nurses and midwives to meet their own target set out in that workforce plan for 2017 and did not set a target in November 2017 or, indeed, November 2018 as they had previously agreed to. We believe this is a fundamental problem.
Furthermore, we believe that this clearly demonstrates that there is no real interest in fixing the underlying problem which is the real difficulty in recruiting nurses and midwives to fill posts that are manifestly required. All this despite the Taskforce on Nurse Staffing illustrating massive savings that can be gained from properly staffing wards through a reduction in agency and a reduced reliance on overseas recruitment, we continue with this adhoc method of day to day filling vacancies for short term periods.
You know better than most that this leads to poorer patient outcomes, compromised patient care and health and safety issues for staff. These are very serious issues as they directly impact on the quality of patient care that can be provided in a health service that is over-crowded, under capacity and understaffed from a nursing and midwifery perspective. We will advise you further on 8th January 2019.
Thank you for your attention to this note and please keep a close eye on correspondence from the Organisation in respect of this very serious matter and we will advise you further following the Executive Council meeting in January.
Notwithstanding all of its serious content, may I close this update by wishing you, and yours, a Happy Christmas. For those members who are working I want to thank you, for being on the frontline during this period, and I hope that it is not too busy and you still find some time to spend with your family and friends.
Phil Ni Sheaghdha