Staff Shortages in Dublin North City Hospitals continues to be a real concern – Cllr Reilly
Sinn Féin Dublin City Councillor Noeleen Reilly, who is also a member of the Regional Health Forum for Dublin and the North East, has expressed concern at the continued staff shortages in both Beaumont and the Mater Hospital and the level of turnover particularly in the area of nursing.
Speaking after the recent Health Forum meeting where she questioned hospital management on the staff shortages, Cllr Reilly said:
“I am really very concerned at the level of staff shortages in both Beaumont and the Mater Hospital.
“Beaumont is currently operating with a shortage of 203 staff members, with the Mater 103 members down.
“When I asked this question two months ago, I was told Beaumont had staff shortages of 151.
“The problem is getting worse not better and the bulk of these are coming from the critical area of nursing which is very worrying. Beaumont is 103 nurses short which puts further pressure on existing staff.
“The government’s efforts so far in recruitment have been half baked and no real attempt to recruit Nurses has taken place. The conditions in some of our hospitals are completely unacceptable and have not been addressed, leaving staff feeling undervalued and most definitely overworked.
“Beaumont is the state’s largest hospital and North Dublin has the highest rate of people over the age of 65 in the state, these staff shortages are now becoming the norm in Beaumont and the Mater not the exception and that is not good enough.
“Any effort to retain existing and recruit further nursing staff will only succeed if a believable financial commitment is made by government to expand health workforce numbers to the level needed to radically reshape the working environment in our health system.
“There cannot be a recruitment pause when the ability of hospitals to provide a decent level of health care is being undermined by staff shortages.”