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Investment in Waterford hospital key to solving staffing crisis - David Cullinane TD

5 December, 2017 - by David Cullinane TD

Sinn Féin spokesperson on workers' rights and TD for Waterford David Cullinane TD has said today that the crisis in health services in Waterford and Kilkenny is driving nurses to protests, and that the government must act immediately to tackle the lack of capacity in community services.

Deputy Cullinane said:

"University Hospital Waterford needs investment. 

"There is a consistent and ongoing overcrowding and staffing crisis especially in terms of mental health admissions.

"Nurses are demanding increases in staffing and resources in order to enable them to do their job properly.

"They are protesting today not for higher wages but for proper facilities.

"It is incredible that nurses could be driven to such action by the inaction of the government and the health Minister.

"Psychiatric nurses say that they are protesting today to send a clear message to management that they will not tolerate patients, including children, being admitted to chairs because of overcrowding.  

"Their message is clear - nurses are not prepared to continue to struggle to deliver vital services in the care environment where they cannot treat patients in the manner that they expect and deserve to be treated.

"If Minister Harris is serious about addressing the issues which create this crisis then he needs to tackle four main areas; recruitment and retention of staff, reopening closed beds, adequate step down facilities, and proper primary and community care.

“Each of these issues are interlinked and if unaddressed they will continue to contribute to the trolley crisis and possibly lead to the complete collapse of the health service this winter."

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