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Trolley Numbers remain high ahead of Industrial Action by Nurses on Tuesday- Councillor Denise Mitchell

10 December, 2015 - by Denise Mitchell

Dublin Sinn Féin city councillor for Beaumont-Donaghmede ward Denise Mitchell and general election candidate for Dublin Bay North has said that it is unacceptable that there are 33 people waiting on trolleys today in Beaumont Hospital, with 310 waiting across the state.

Speaking from Beaumont today ahead of the planned industrial action by nurses on Tuesday, she said,

“Beaumont Hospital today has the highest number of patients waiting on hospital trolleys in the state after University College Galway.

“It is quite clear that the government health strategy is not working.  It’s inaction on the appalling working conditions that some nurses find themselves in has forced staff to look at industrial action next week.  I completely accept that this decision has not been made lightly.

It is unfortunate that recent talks between the INMO and Health Service Management have not been successful.”

She further added:

“It is imperative for all stakeholders involved here to try and come to an agreement before Tuesday.

Nurses will only take strike action as a last resort and I believe they are trying to exhaust every avenue before doing so.

I am once again calling on the government to act now in terms of staffing our hospital adequately.

No longer can patients be put at risk because of bad decisions by Fine Gael and Labour” 

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