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Fine Gael are compromising patient care, not our nurses and midwives - Martin Kenny TD

5 February, 2019 - by Martin Kenny TD

Sinn Féin TD for Sligo Leitrim, Martin Kenny said that his party’s support for the nurses and midwives is 100% as they undertakeindustrial action in order to get the government to engage to solve the recruitment and retention crisis affecting nurses and midwives.

Deputy Kenny, who joined striking nurses on the picket line this morning in Carrick-on-Shannon said:

“Nurses and midwives did not want to have to strike today, they have been forced to strike.

“The action not only has huge support from the members of the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO), but it has massive backing amongst the public.

“I met with nurses and midwives on picket lines this morning and all they all reiterated that they have been left with no alternative.

“They are striking for better conditions, for a better health service, for respect, and for better pay.

“Fine Gael have had nearly eight years to address the nursing recruitment and retention crisis, but they have completely failed and the situation has deteriorated.

“It is Fine Gael who are compromising patient care, not our nurses and midwives.

"It is Fine Gael who have reduced the health service to the point where waiting lists soar because of a lack of resources, where countless operations are cancelled because of a lack of staff, and where hundreds of patients languish on trolleys daily because of a lack of hospital beds and staff. 

“The government is spinning now that appointments are being cancelled because of the strike, but we all know that this happens every day due to the crisis of recruitment and retention in the health service.

"People who are put out about this, should call the minister or their government TDs and stop blaming the nurses for the sorry state of the service.”

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