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If nurses are outside, something’s very wrong inside – Devine

9 January, 2019 - by Máire Devine

Commenting on the impending industrial action by nurses and midwives, Sinn Féin Seanad spokesperson on Health, Senator Máire Devine has committed her full support, saying:

“I worked for many years as a psychiatric nurses and I can promise you, nurses take our duty of care more seriously than anything else.

“The number of staff nurses fell by 1,754 (6%) between 2008 and 2018, despite an ageing, growing population making the health service busier. Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil policies failed entirely to deal with this and have created an absolute chaos within the health service that nurses and midwives cannot stand over any longer.

“This would be only the second national strike in the Irish Nurse’s and Midwives Organisation’s (INMO) hundred-year history. The Psychiatric Nurses Association (PNA) officer board is meeting this week and it is expected that they will announce strike action also. These two unions combined represent well over 90% of nursing staff. This is most certainly not a decision that has been taken lightly.

“Solidarity within Trade Unions is paramount at this moment. They are the only organisations who support workers against government mismanagement and need to stand with the democratic position of those in the profession.

“If nurses and midwives are outside our hospitals, it means something is very wrong both inside hospitals and in government buildings.

“The government must now meet nurses and midwives, and bring them back in from the cold.” 

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