Minister Varadkar must engage with INMO to avert strike at Naas Hospital – Cllr Réada Cronin
Local Sinn Féin Councillor and General Election candidate for the Kildare North Constituency, Réada Cronin has today hit out at the Government as members of the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation based in Emergency Departments around the state voted overwhelmingly in favour of industrial action.
Cllr Cronin said:
“It is a scandal that our frontline health workers have been left with no option but to engage in industrial action for their concerns to be addressed by this Government.
“Our nurses and frontline health workers perform heroics each day as they consistently strive to maintain the highest possible standards in patient care in the face of ongoing lack of resources.
“The fact that 92% of the members balloted were in favour of industrial action shows clearly that our nurses have reached the end of their tether and is a damning indictment of this Government.
“The first ten months of this year have been the worst in terms of overcrowding since Trolley Watch began with 80,000 admitted patient being cared for on trolleys and October 2015 is the worst ever October recorded as almost 8,000 admitted patients were treated on trolleys.
“In Naas General Hospital there were 270 patients treated on hospital trolleys and outpatient waiting lists remain stubbornly high with over 5,000 people currently on the list for treatment.
“Nurses have taken this brave decision in order to defend frontline health workers and patients and Minister Varadkar must now 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 realise that the only solution to this crisis is to invest in our public service and commit to do so without delay – 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.”