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Cork nurses to protest today

Tuesday, 11th September, 2018 10:40am

Cork nurses will be among those protesting today over the HSE’s lack of plans to tackle overcrowding in hospitals.

Nurses and midwives are gathering in protest at hospitals across the country, demanding the HSE make plans for the expected winter increase in patients.

The INMO revealed last week that the HSE still does not have a plan to recruit extra staff or reduce services to cope with the demand. This is despite the fact that the UK’s National Health Service (NHS) has already published its winter plan.

Figures from the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) show that August was the worst on record for overcrowding, with hundreds of vacant nursing posts in emergency departments and wards across Ireland.

The latest trolley watch figures show CUH at the top of the list, with 52 waiting on trolleys, followed by 48 in Limerick. The current results show the nationwide figure at 413, a five per cent increase on this day last year.

Today’s protest by nurses and midwives will take place at 12.30pm on the CUH campus, with similar protests taking place outside University Hospital Limerick at the same time. More protest dates and locations will be announced on the INMO Twitter account, @INMO_IRL.

INMO General Secretary Phil Ní Sheaghdha said: “Nurses and midwives are constantly apologising to patients for the conditions in the health service. Thousands are trapped on trolleys every week, and things will only get worse as winter bites.

“Yet the HSE still has no plan to recruit extra staff or cut back services to cope with the demand. This could lead to unplanned cancellations of elective appointments. We can’t go on like this. It’s time for the HSE to be honest with the public.”

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