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Concern as Beaumont Epilepsy unit closes due to Nurse Shortages – Councillor Denise Mitchell

27 August, 2015 - by Denise Mitchell

Beaumont Donaghmeade Councillor Denise Mitchell and General election candidate for Dublin North Bay is raising concerns at the news that the Epilepsy unit of Beaumont Hospital had to close due to staff shortages and will not reopen unit 21st September.

She said,

“The news that the Epilepsy unit of Beaumont Hospital has had to close due to staff shortages is a direct result of Government policy by attacking the very heart of our Health System.

There is now a waiting list for over a year for Epilepsy monitoring with many urgent cases having to transfer to the UK.

This is obviously causing great concern and inconvenience to those on the waiting list but will also mean that waiting times for new patients will be longer.

She further added,

“The government decided to decimate the Nursing profession a number of years ago due to the recruitment terms for new applicants.  As a result Nurses left the island to work in the UK and other European countries as the terms of employment where much more favourable.

This has meant a shortages of Nurses in all hospitals especially Beaumont Hospital and in all general areas not just epilepsy. 

I am calling on the Minister for Health and the HSE to resolve the ongoing issues with staff shortages and establish a fit for purpose Epilepsy monitoring unit.” 

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