INMO decision to ballot for industrial action a result of government failure - Louise O’Reilly TD
Responding to the news that INMO members are to be balloted for industrial action Sinn Fein's Health Spokesperson Louise O'Reilly TD said;
“We are experiencing unprecedented difficulties in encouraging nurses and other health professionals to work in our public health service. Pay, staffing levels, working hours and workloads are a serious problem for those in the service and automatic deterrent for those who may have been interested in coming into positions in our strained services in the future.
"The INMO mounted a campaign recently aimed at addressing the issues of pay, staffing levels, Working hours and workloads and this ballot is the next step in that campaign.
“The HSE has done nothing other than give nursing and health professionals the impression that there is no future in Irish hospitals.
“This is an insult to everyone working in the health service and those health professionals being balloted are trying to highlight the severe strain they are under due to deficiencies in pay, staffing levels, working hours and workloads which negatively impacts patient care and outcomes.
"Hospitals across this state, face a series of crises in health provision. This is impacting on patient care and results in high levels of stress for staff members. Indeed, short of the goodwill, dedication and compassion of those nurses, it is likely that the crisis would have worse consequences.
“Minister Harris has inherited a health crisis created by Fianna Fail and made worse by the previous Fine Gael and Labour government but he is nowhere to be seen. In the midst of ongoing Emergency Department, waiting lists and trolley crises, coupled with the suspension of recruitment in the HSE, he has not come forward to allay any of the grave concerns of those who are working in the hospital system.
“Today’s announcement is an urgent call for the Minister to step in and address the concerns that nurses have been raising for some time. The recent deal announced by the Department of Justice in terms of the Gardaí is evidence that the Lansdowne Road Agreement is over. It is now time for the government to call in the unions and begin the process of renegotiation.”