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Taoiseach must intervene on nurses’ strike – Mary Lou McDonald

28 January, 2019 - by Mary Lou McDonald TD

The Sinn Féin President Mary Lou McDonald has urged the Taoiseach to intervene in the face of impending nurses’ strike action.

McDonald criticised the government for failing to table any meaningful initiatives that would avert the strike action and accused them of being asleep at the wheel.

The Sinn Féin President said:

“I am calling on the Taoiseach to intervene and to stand up for nurses and patients this week.

“Our health services are lurching from crisis to crisis, not least in the area of recruitment and retention of nurses and midwives. Despite this the government has failed to table any meaningful initiatives which would avert the impending strike action.

“Nurses and midwives are the backbone of the health services and do Trojan work in extremely difficult circumstances. Circumstances which are entirely avoidable and could be fixed if the political will was there. All they ask in return is fairness.

“It’s time for the Taoiseach to intervene – to stop spinning, to stop scapegoating workers and to take a stand for nurses, patients and the wider health service.”

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