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Scrap the recruitment embargo in the health service – Adams

24 May, 2016 - by Gerry Adams

Sinn Féin Louth TD Gerry Adams tonight challenged the Minister for Health to “scrap the recruitment embargo that will prevent hospitals from recruiting essential staff needed to fill vacancies and to resource the employment of staff needed to fill outstanding vacancies”.

Speaking in an adjournment debate, the Louth TD extended solidarity to the staff in Our Lady of Lourdes who initiated a work-to-rule today over the failure to fill the 104 whole-time equivalent posts in that hospital.

Teachta Adams said:

“I want to extend solidarity to the staff in Our Lady of Lourdes hospital.

“The nurses and midwives do a remarkable job in difficult conditions.

“Many of our hospitals and nurses are at breaking point. This will be exacerbated by the decision of the HSE last week to suspend recruitment in all areas of the health service, save a commitment to the INMO to fill vacant Emergency Department positions.

“In the last 48 hours 537 patients have been on trolleys; 52 of these in Our Lady of Lourdes, the second highest in the state. I know of one woman who has been on a trolley in Drogheda since 3pm yesterday. This is an indictment of the government’s health policy.

“This chaos will not be resolved by Fine Gael or Fianna Fáil’s ill-considered two-tier approach to health, or by the recruitment embargo.”

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