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Summit and Task Force meeting urged by INMO

13 Apr 2016

The Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) has renewed its call for a national health summit and has urged TDs to demonstrate new politics by showing cross party and independent support for the voice of nurses and midwives in Seanad Éireann.

INMO Past President Madeline Spiers has been nominated for the Labour Panel of the Seanad, following a decision at the union’s annual conference last year to draw attention to the problems of the health service by putting a nurse or midwife in Seanad Éireann.

The INMO is also seeking an immediate meeting of the ED Task Force Implementation Group, following news that 9,381 patients were on trolleys in March this year awaiting admission for inpatient treatment — a 5 per cent increase from March 2015 and a 100 per cent increase compared to March 2008, when 4,701 patients were on trolleys.

The Workplace Relations Commission is due to undertake its second review of the ED agreement between the INMO/HSE/Department of Health on April 15. “We will also use that opportunity to call upon health employers to bring forward emergency investment, including beds and staff, in response to the latest record figures,” INMO General Secretary Liam Doran said.

Hospitals that suffered the greatest deterioration last month included the MRH, Tullamore, up from 204 to 568 (+364) and South Tipperary, up from 233 to 552 (+ 319). The total at University Hospital Limerick was up from 558 to 710 (+ 152) and at CUH it was up from 412 to 550 (+138). Meanwhile, Bantry General was up from 39 to 146 (+107).

Gary Culliton

Click here to view the full article which appeared in Irish Medical Times