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Staffing shortages in Health the Cause of Bed Closures in Dungarvan – Cullinane

2 May, 2017 - by David Cullinane TD

Sinn Féin TD for Waterford and spokesperson for Public Expenditure 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 reports of ward closures at St. Joseph's, Dungarvan.

Deputy Cullinane said:

“I have been in contract with management at St. Joseph’s and they have confirmed that staff shortages are behind the ward closures.

“This is shocking given that the wards in question contain stroke rehab beds but, unfortunately, it comes as no surprise given current government policy.

 "Our hospitals are in a state of perpetual chaos, not least in the area of staffing.

“On top of this, severe understaffing 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 a sense of a 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 a perpetual state of crisis.

“We need to build a World Class National 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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