Over 100 New Nursing Posts Secured

Over 100 new nursing posts are to be created at the Mid West Hospital Group and Naas Hospital, according to the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation.

70 nurses will be recruited for University Hospitals Group including University Hospital Limerick, Ennis Hospital, Nenagh Hospital and Croom Orthopaedic Hospital. 39 nurses are to be recruited for Naas Hospital.

Members of the INMO have planned industrial action to begin this morning at 08:00. The Organisation is also recommending to its members in Naas to defer industrial action on Wednesday 4 February.

INMO Industrial Relations Officers Mary Fogarty (Mid West) and Derek Reilly (Naas) said: "The INMO welcomes the commitment to recruit extra nurses in the above hospitals. This is a positive outcome for our members who have continued to struggle with unmanageable workloads on a daily basis due to persistent overcrowding and understaffing.

"We are now calling for an aggressive recruitment campaign to have the posts filled immediately in order to alleviate the continued suffering of patients in inhumane conditions and to allow our members to provide safe care. All barriers to the recruitment of nurses must now be lifted."

Phil Ni Sheaghdha, INMO Director of Industrial Relations said: "Every effort to recruit nurses must now be made. Posts agreed in the past week between management and the INMO in Beaumont, Galway, the Mid West and Naas are necessary posts to allow safe service delivery and impact on the chronic overcrowding. We now need immediate visible action to prioritise this necessary recruitment."


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