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Changes to staff roster at Cloverhill Prison ‘will put nurses and prisoners at risk’ – Devine

13 July, 2016 - by Máire Devine

Sinn Fein Seanad spokesperson on Health & Wellbeing Máire Devine has reacted with disbelief to the proposed changes to the nursing roster within Cloverhill prison which will see a 50% cut in staff numbers during the night time shift.

Senator Devine said:

“The nurses within the prison have asked me to directly challenge the Minister responsible to provide clarity for them. The nurses outline that the night time shifts present the most volatile situations within the prison environment and they have had to deal with some horrific incidents over the years; incidents which include attempted suicides, assaults, overdoses and fatalities.

“It is impossible for them to provide the level of care demanded of them as professionals if this 50% cut in nursing numbers is confirmed.

“The people best served to recognise and meet the requirements demanded on night shift based on many years’ experience and traumatic events attended and encountered are the nurses themselves. I have contacted the nurses and their union on the back of the response from the Minister this morning and will continue to engage with them to plan the next course of action.” 

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