Updated: 09/11/16 : 07:19:12
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Nurses to ballot on industrial action

The Executive Council, of the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisationís (INMO), has unanimously decided to commence a nationwide ballot of members in protest at their current working environment and the failure of management to recruit/retain nursing/ midwifery staff.

This follows a review of the outcome of 12 regional consultation meetings, with members, and other workplace meetings together with email correspondence relating to the pay, working conditions and staffing currently being experienced.

At all of the consultative meetings, individual Executive members reported extreme anger from nurses and midwives in the frontline.  The meetings were supplied with multiple examples of:

∑         chronic persistent overcrowding with no additional staff;

∑         excessive working hours (unpaid);

∑         repeated episodes of missed care, in acute, care of the elderly and disability services, with up
          to 30 patients being left under the sole care of third year students;  and

∑         community services which are unable to fulfil statutory functions and are held together purely
          by nurses carrying excessive workloads and having to work extended unpaid additional hours.  

The situation is such that the Executive Council have formed the view that the health, safety and welfare of staff, and patients, is, on a daily basis, compromised.