350 Staff vacancies in North Dublin Hospitals very concerning – Reilly
Sinn Féin Dublin City Councillor Noeleen Reilly, who is a member of the Regional Health Forum for Dublin and the North East, has expressed concern at the continued staff shortages in Beaumont, Connolly 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 Beaumont, Connolly and the Mater Hospital.
“Beaumont is currently operating with a shortage of 195 staff members, Connolly with 91 and the Mater 61 members down.
“This is putting patient care at risk and already we have seen an increase in the number of cancellations for surgery.
“These surgery cancellations are happening on a daily basis right across our broken health system and they are understandably having a devastating impact on long suffering patients and their families.”
“The government’s efforts so far in recruitment have been half baked and no real attempt to recruit Nurses has taken place.
“The Governments budget announcement of 1,000 additional nurses is much the same as announced last year. Yet the previous recruitment was only successful in recruiting 8% of the target.
“Some of the reasons for this is 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, Connolly 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.”