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Staffing shortages in health cannot be separated from poor working conditions – Cullinane

25 April, 2017 - by David Cullinane TD

Sinn Féin TD and spokesperson for Workers’ Rights David Cullinane has said that the staffing crisis in the health service cannot be separated from poor working conditions experienced in our hospitals.

Deputy Cullinane was responding to a survey of nurses and midwives who are due to qualify this year which found that 78% are planning to work abroad.

The Waterford TD said:

“This survey comes as no surprise. Our hospitals are in a state of perpetual chaos, not least in the area of staffing. Severe understaffing and the results of this poll cannot be separated out from the poor working conditions endured by many in our health service.

“When you combine unrealistic workloads, staff shortages, extended working hours, and the sense of frustration with the lack of change in the healthcare system, it is no surprise that HSE recruitment campaigns have failed. 

“Without addressing the issues of pay restoration, staffing levels, working hours, and workloads, the health service is doomed to remain in perpetual crisis.

“We need to build a health service for Ireland that values its health workers and ensures fair pay and good working conditions for all.

“We are calling on those who work in the health service to join with Sinn Féin in campaigning for this world class National Health Service for Ireland.

“It will require serious investment but it must be a priority because we cannot stand over a system that sees our sick and elderly lying on hospital trolleys and more than 600,000 of our citizens waiting for procedures, many in chronic pain.” 

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