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Nurses are being forced to take industrial action – Adams

24 November, 2015 - by Gerry Adams

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams has this afternoon said that INMO members have been forced into taking industrial action because of the Government’s woeful management of the health service.

Speaking during Leaders Questions, he told An Taoiseach Enda Kenny that nurses are in support of all frontline staff and in defence of patient care.

Deputy Adams said:

“Today’s announcement of strike action by nurses in hospital A&E departments follows a series of recent shocking cases, including at Tallaght hospital where a man in his 90s with Parkinson’s spent 29 hours on a trolley.

“This situation is a direct result of the Government's continued refusal to deal with the A&E overcrowding chaos.

“In 2013, James Reilly said ‘We will never again see 569 people on trolleys on a single day while this Government is in office’. 

“However, the situation has gotten even worse for citizens’ under Minister Varadkar, with increased numbers on trolleys, delayed discharges, a lack of home care packages, and a lack of nursing home beds. 

“Meanwhile, our frontline healthcare workers perform heroics on a daily basis.

“In the first 10 months of this year almost 80,000 admitted patients were on trolleys - the highest ever figure for the first 10 months of any year since Trolley Watch began.

“Today there are 339 citizens on trolleys.

“In October 2015, for the 15th month in a row, we saw an increase in the levels of overcrowding in Emergency Departments.

“The Government have - for ideological reasons - under-invested in our public health system. Overcrowding in A&E’s is a direct result of this policy and today’s announcement of strike action by nurses is an entirely understandable response.” 

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