Dungarvan Hospital Staff Shortages a Result Of National Policy - Cullinane
Sinn Féin TD for Waterford David Cullinane has said today that the inability of Dungarvan Community Hospital to recruit staff to keep wards open is a direct result of the government's refusal to deal with the issue of retention, and that a change in policy needs to happen as a matter of urgency.
Deputy Cullinane said:
"I received an answer from the HSE regarding ward closures at Dungarvan Community Hospital and it made it clear that staff recruitment and retention is the core issue.
"Management said that while every effort has been made to increase existing nursing hours, there was a limited ability to consistently supply the amount of hours required to cover a roster gap and ensure quality of care to patients and residents at the hospital.
"Because of this, the HSE is actively recruiting nurses from overseas.
"We know from other reports that this is an expensive process when set against recruitment at home.
"It is also a lengthy process, and Dungarvan Community Hospital has made it clear that the closed rehabilitation beds will not be re-opened until the recruitment process is complete.
"The refusal to recruit permanent staff for our health service is a disgrace.
"Minister Donohoe, however, has made it clear that he is more concerned with giving a 6 percent pay rise to top earners in the public sector than addressing the recruitment and retention issues in our emergency and care services.
"It is clear that only a change of government will change this situation."