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Nurse Shortage : Irish Nurses strike at emergency departments to go ahead by Idowu Olabode : December 11, 2015, 01:15:20 PM
The Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation has confirmed that a strike in seven hospital emergency departments next Tuesday will proceed.

Emergency department nurses are due to hold two-hour stoppages in seven hospitals on Tuesday in protest at overcrowding and inadequate staffing.

It could cause consequences for patients beyond the immediate two-hour period of the stoppage.

At a press conference, INMO General Secretary Liam Doran said that hospital authorities would probably have to start winding down over the weekend to prepare for the strikes, which could affect even more patients.

He denied that the industrial action involves a pay claim that would breach the Lansdowne Road public sector pay agreement.

Mr Doran claimed that based on a study on Tallaght Hospital, emergency departments were operating on average with only 60% of the required staff resources.

He said that four days of talks had failed to deliver any concrete proposals from the management side to alleviate the problems of nurse recruitment and retention.

He said health services abroad and private hospitals in Ireland were offering recruitment incentives of up to €6,000 - but that the HSE was failing to recruit because it was not matching these offers.

He noted that in the first 11 days of December, 3,045 people had been admitted without a bed with the vast majority being cared for in already overloaded emergency departments.

He acknowledged that was down on this time last year, but said the management had accepted that a target of 236 trolleys would be an average acceptable norm in future - which would not reduce workload or pressure on patients.

Source :http://m.rte.ie/news/2015/1211/752867-inmo/

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