Nurses take action at Limerick hospital

first_img Previous article#Limerick apartment block for saleNext articleJack knifed truck blocked #Limerick to #Waterford road Bernie Englishhttp://www.limerickpost.ieBernie English has been working as a journalist in national and local media for more than thirty years. She worked as a staff journalist with the Irish Press and Evening Press before moving to Clare. She has worked as a freelance for all of the national newspaper titles and a staff journalist in Limerick, helping to launch the Limerick edition of The Evening Echo. Bernie was involved in the launch of The Clare People where she was responsible for business and industry news. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Linkedin Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Facebook WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Advertisement Email Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” center_img TAGSfeaturedINMOlimerickSt Camillus’ Hospital Twitter WhatsApp Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live NewsBreaking newsNurses take action at Limerick hospitalBy Bernie English – April 4, 2016 665 Print Members of the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) in St Camillus Hospital, Limerick have begun a work to rule today, Monday, from 8.00am. The industrial action comes some seven months on from notification by nurses to senior HSE managers that the clinical care of patients at the hospital is compromised due to ongoing  unfilled nursing positions. Currently there are approximately 15 vacant nursing posts.In a statement, the INMO said that at the request of its members, it has engaged with the HSE since last November in efforts to fast-track recruitment of nurses. So far this has not yielded sufficient numbers of qualified nurses and leaves the residents at ongoing risk.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Calls by members for the HSE to curtail admissions to the 100 bed facility until such time as the nursing levels improve have also been rejected. Therefore, it is with regret that INMO members are left with no other option but to commence industrial action. The action will not harm any patient but will assist the available nurses to prioritise all care by ceasing non urgent clerical and administrative work.INMO Industrial Relations Officer, Mary Fogarty said:“Nurses are the lead clinicians in older persons residential services. Their expertise and knowledge of the needs of their patients, and their concerns about the ability of their employer, the HSE, to deliver safe care should not go unheeded. Equally, our members are accountable to patients, families and regulatory agencies to ensure that standards of care are met.“It is a poor reflection of our health service providers that nurses are driven to take industrial action to protect vulnerable residents in the care of the HSE”[email protected] Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clashlast_img

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