Sinn Féin MLA and Chairperson of the Health Committee Maeve McLaughlin has welcomed the opportunity to discuss nursing in an motion of support in the Assembly.
Ms. McLaughlin said,
“It is well known that our nursing staff are highly trained professionals that provide us with a great service.
“However the profession is being put under more and more pressure due to understaffing and incidents such as attacks on staff.
“I welcomed the opportunity to discuss these matters today in a motion offering our support to nurses.
“It is important that the Minister now takes on board addressing the deficit in the numbers of nurses employed by the various Trusts and in shift patterns as it is proven that people are more at risk at weekends.
“Equally it is important that we send the message that we want to fix the pressures they endure by supporting them in putting measures in place that protect in their place of work.
“In a report by the Regulation and Quality Improvement Authority, it found that there were differences between hospitals in the availability of services, staff, policies and procedures, communication arrangements and access to information for patients.
“They made 29 recommendations to improve the service and work practices of nurses and I would call on the Minister Edwin Poots to implement these recommendations as soon as possible.”