Significant pressures in Emergency Departments shows the need for workforce strategy - Sheehan
Sinn Féin Spokesperson for Health, Pat Sheehan MLA speaking about the pressures on A&E departments over the holiday period said:
"The significant pressures put on services in recent weeks and the staff shortages that have made it increasingly difficult for HSC staff to deliver services at this time further shows the need for a workforce strategy to be released.
"The extent of the pressures faced in recent days was highlighted by some Trust CEOs appealing to off-duty staff to come to work.
"This is not sustainable.
"The huge commitment and dedication shown by HSC staff, particularly over this challenging holiday period, must be recognised and appreciated.
"Staff have again shown they are the HSC's greatest asset.
"A workforce strategy is needed to begin to address existing staff shortages and to ensure we retain the existing staff who continue to deliver vital health services under extremely challenging situations."