Updated: 13/01/17 : 06:14:33
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Crisis nursing and midwifery talks adjourned

Discussions between the INMO, Department of Health,  HSE and the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform, on the deepening crisis with regard to staffing/recruitment/retention, in nursing and midwifery, adjourned last night.

It was agreed that the management side will produce initial proposals, in writing, on Friday, January 20 and direct discussions will recommence on Monday, January 23.

At last night's meeting the INMO delegation confirmed the mandate they had received from members following the recent national ballot.   

In this ballot 90% of members supported industrial action, if necessary, in pursuance of special measures to alleviate the current and growing difficulties.  The INMO also detailed the loss of nursing/midwifery posts, in recent years, and its impact upon workloads, morale and the health and safety of nurses and midwives across the service.

The INMO also sought confirmation that the management side understood the extent of the crisis and the need for special measures, in addition to everything that has been tried in recent  months, to address this problem.

After two hours the talks adjourned with the management side committing to bring forward initial written proposals, in response to all the points made by the INMO, in writing by Friday, January 20 and further direct discussions will take place on Monday, January 23.

The Executive Council of the INMO will meet on next Tuesday, January 17, to receive a report, on discussions to date, and to determine next steps in the Organisationís staffing /recruitment/ retention campaign.