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Sinn Fein Backs INO Campaign

21 April, 2004


Cllr. Joe Reilly speaking after the Irish Nurses Organisation briefing meeting for elected representatives on inadequate staff numbers in St. Joseph's Home Trim in the Ardboyne Hotel, Navan on Tue, 20th April said:

Sinn Fein fully supports the INO campaign in their demand for adequate level of staffing in St. Joseph‚s Home, Trim. Due to under funding by both the Department of Health and Children and the North Eastern Health Board the nursing staff are unable to provides a full range services to its elderly patients.

It in disgraceful, unacceptable and dangerous that there is only I nurse to 40 patents after 6pm, seven days of the week.

Nurses and assistants are unable, due to staff shortages, to provide a holistic service to the elderly patients compelling the staff to:

To place patients in pre-maturely

Neglect their socialization needs, which can, in turn maximize exposure to depression,

The NEHB continually denies these patients:

Comprehensive physiotherapy

Comprehensive dietician service

Comprehensive occupational therapy

There are 201 state beds in Meath. There are 440 private sector beds that receive tax incentives from government. The privatization of the of older persons needs must cease.

With only places for 184 patients in St. Josephs there is a crying need for a similar home in Navan

The NEHB have not developed one additional Care for the Elderly bed in Meath despite the increasing population of Meath.

I will be asking my Sinn Fein collogues in the Dail to raise the following issues with Minister Martin:

Will he provide sufficient funding to provide the adequate staff in St. Joseph‚s Home for the Elderly?

Is he aware that the NEHB are depriving the people in St. Joseph's Trim of basic medical rights?

Why has the NEHB not created one extra Care for the Elderly bed in Meath to meet the needs of an increasing population?

Why the agreement to set up a National Commission to Review Staffing Levels four years ago has not materialized and does he intend to intend to put it in place?

I will also be placing a motion before Navan Town Council asking for support for the staff and patients of St. Josephs, Trim.

Cllr. Joe Reilly speaking after the Irish Nurses Organisation briefing meeting for elected representatives on inadequate staff numbers in St. Joseph's Home Trim in the Ardboyne Hotel, Navan on Tue, 20th April said:

Sinn Fein fully supports the INO campaign in their demand for adequate level of staffing in St. Joseph‚s Home, Trim. Due to under funding by both the Department of Health and Children and the North Eastern Health Board the nursing staff are unable to provides a full range services to its elderly patients.

It in disgraceful, unacceptable and dangerous that there is only I nurse to 40 patents after 6pm, seven days of the week.

Nurses and assistants are unable, due to staff shortages, to provide a holistic service to the elderly patients compelling the staff to:

To place patients in pre-maturely

Neglect their socialization needs, which can, in turn maximize exposure to depression,

The NEHB continually denies these patients:

Comprehensive physiotherapy

Comprehensive dietician service

Comprehensive occupational therapy

There are 201 state beds in Meath. There are 440 private sector beds that receive tax incentives from government. The privatization of the of older persons needs must cease.

With only places for 184 patients in St. Josephs there is a crying need for a similar home in Navan

The NEHB have not developed one additional Care for the Elderly bed in Meath despite the increasing population of Meath.

I will be asking my Sinn Fein collogues in the Dail to raise the following issues with Minister Martin:

Will he provide sufficient funding to provide the adequate staff in St. Joseph‚s Home for the Elderly?

Is he aware that the NEHB are depriving the people in St. Joseph's Trim of basic medical rights?

Why has the NEHB not created one extra Care for the Elderly bed in Meath to meet the needs of an increasing population?

Why the agreement to set up a National Commission to Review Staffing Levels four years ago has not materialized and does he intend to intend to put it in place?

I will also be placing a motion before Navan Town Council asking for support for the staff and patients of St. Josephs, Trim.

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