Nurses at Our Lady’s Hospital in Navan have been let down by this Government – Cllr Darren O’Rourke
Sinn Féin Councillor and General Election Candidate for the Meath East Constituency, Darren O’Rourke has today slammed the Government as members of the INMO based in Emergency Departments around the State voted overwhelmingly to engage in industrial action.
Cllr O’Rourke said:
“The fact that 92% of INMO members voted in favour of industrial action is a damning indictment of this Government’s inaction on the overcrowding crisis.
“It is a complete disgrace that nurses have been left with no choice but to engage in industrial action in order to have their concerns addressed by Fine Gael and Labour.
“Latest figures show that the first ten months of the year have been the worst in terms of overcrowding since Trolley Watch began with a staggering 80,000 patients being cared for on trolleys and October 2015 was the worst ever on record with 7,971 patients treated on trolleys around the state.
“At Our Lady’s Hospital in Navan, the outpatient waiting list remains stubbornly high with latest figures showing 4251 patients on the outpatient list and 135 patients cared for on trolleys in October of this year – the highest figure for the month of October in the past four years.
“Nurses have taken the final stand in order to protect frontline health workers and patients and it is imperative that Minister Varadkar engage with them fully and constructively if we are to divert a strike in our Emergency Departments in the run up to Christmas.
“The Government must acknowledge that the only solution to this crisis is to invest in our public service and commit to do so immediately – Sinn Féin has shown how it is possible to invest in our health system and we would recruit an additional 2,500 nurses over a five year term in Government with additional recruitment envisaged during a second term.”