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Minister must engage with INMO to avert strike at Sligo Regional Hospital – Chris MacManus

24 November, 2015

Sinn Féin Candidate for Sligo and South Donegal in the upcoming General Election, Chris MacManus, has today hit out at the Government as members of the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation based in Emergency Departments across the state voted overwhelmingly in favour of industrial action.

MacManus said:

“The vote of 92% of INMO members in favour of industrial action is an understandable response by frontline workers who have been pushed to the pin of their collar by the chronic mismanagement of our health service.

“It is clear that our frontline health workers have had enough and it is little wonder as figures reveal that the first ten months of this year have recorded the worst overcrowding since Trolley Watch began with almost 80,000 admitted patients cared for on trolleys. This October is the worst on record with almost 8,000 patients cared for on trolleys in hospitals around the State.

“In Sligo Regional Hospital there were 117 patients cared for on Trolleys and latest figures show that the outpatient waiting list remains at a staggeringly high level with 11,370 patients on the list with over 500 of these waiting over 15 months for an appointment.

“The Government must accept and acknowledge that chronic underfunding has led to this situation and Minister Varadkar must now engage proactively to address the concerns of nurses if we are to avert a strike in Emergency Departments in the run up to Christmas.

“The solution to this crisis is to invest in our public services – Sinn Féin has committed to the recruitment of 2,500 nurses over a five year term if in Government with further recruitment envisaged during a second term.”

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