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Social work understaffing in Connolly Hospital leads to cancellation of essential services- Cllr Paul Donnelly

12 May, 2015 - by Paul Donnelly

Dublin West Sinn Féin representative Cllr Paul Donnelly has expressed serious concern that due to reduced staffing levels and annual leave there will be no social work services in Connolly Hospital until the 19th of May.

Commenting today Cllr Donnelly said:

“I have just this week been contacted by staff and patients who have claimed that staffing is at a critical level currently in Connolly Hospital. 

I am seriously concerned about this matter. The fact the essential social work services has been cancelled, highlights the inadequacy of this government’s health strategy.

While a reduced emergency service is being provided, this will simply not be enough to help patients.

Nurses are also being left to cope with ever increasing demands with little or no support in terms of additional cover.

They have said that nursing and ancillary staff have had to contact off duty staff themselves to ask them to come in to cover sick leave.

They are angry and frustrated with the lack of a staffing and cover and acknowledge that patient care is suffering.

What we need is for Minister Leo Varadkar to act to replace some of the thousands of nurses and other hospital staff who have been cut from the health system"

"We need to reverse the slashes to salaries and conditions in order to attract nurses back home from foreign hospitals"

"The staff are sick of promises and platitudes from this government and they want action now".  


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