Increase in outpatient waiting list at Mayo General Hospital as nurses vote to strike- Rose Conway Walsh
Local Sinn Féin Councillor and General Election Candidate, Cllr Rose Conway Walsh, has today hit out at the Government as members of the Irish Nurse and Midwives Organisation based in Emergency Departments around the country voted overwhelmingly in favour of industrial action this morning.
Cllr Rose Conway Walsh said:
“It is a shocking indictment of this Government that our frontline health workers have been left with no other option but to vote for industrial action on order to have their concerns taken seriously by this government.
“The fact that 92% of INMO members balloted voted in favour of industrial action shows clearly that our frontline health staff have reached breaking point.
“Last month was the worst on record as 7,971 patients around the country were treated on hospital trolleys and the first ten months of this year with almost 80,000 admitted patients on trolleys represents the highest ever figure since Trolley Watch began.
“In Mayo General Hospital, 156 patients were cared for on trolleys during October 2015 and latest figures show that the outpatient waiting list at the hospital has increased from 5659 to 5842 with over 500 on the waiting list for over 18 months.
“The chronic mismanagement of our health service by Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael and Labour has failed patients and health workers and Minister Varadkar must now engage constructively with the INMO if we are to avert a strike in Emergency Departments in the run up to Christmas.
“Ultimately, this crisis can only be resolved if the Government acknowledges the need for real investment in our public services and commits itself to addressing the concerns of nurses in respect of overcrowding and working conditions.
“Sinn Féin has shown how investment in our public services is possible through progressive taxation and we have committed to the recruitment of 2,500 nurses over five years if in Government with provision for additional recruitment during a second term in office.”