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Striking Psychiatric Nurses deserve our support – Louise O’Reilly TD

10 January, 2019 - by Louise O'Reilly TD

Sinn Féin Health Spokesperson Louise O’Reilly TD has said that the Government’s ongoing refusal to address the recruitment & retention crisis in our health services has forced front line staff to engage in strike action, and that the psychiatric nurses set to strike deserve our support.

The comments come just days after the INMO announced that their 37,000 members are to also engage in strike action at the end of the month.

Speaking after the Psychiatric Nurses Association announced that their 6,000 members will be engaging in strike action due to staff shortages and pay issues, Deputy O’Reilly said;

“Strike action by psychiatric nurses comes as no surprise given the Minister for Health’s ongoing failure to address the recruitment & retention crisis facing frontline services.

“A strike is the last thing psychiatric nurses, or indeed any healthcare worker wants to have to undertake, however, they have been left with no alternative.

"Fine Gael have been in Government for almost 8 years, and despite every opportunity to address the nursing recruitment and retention crisis in the health service, they have completely failed as the situation deteriorated.

“The Taoiseach and the Minister for Finance must engage with union representatives if we are to see a meaningful, long-term solution to this issue.

“By failing to invest in our public services, Ministers Harris, Donohoe & Taoiseach Varadkar are normalising the crises faced by our frontline staff.

“Nurses and midwives deserve our support. We should support them in their demand for a better health service which recognises the high quality and value of their work.”

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