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Concerns over shortage of Nurses at Mayo University Hospital Emergency Department - Senator Conway-Walsh

28 August, 2019 - by Rose Conway-Walsh

Sinn Féin Senator Rose Conway-Walsh has today contacted Minister Simon Harris about health and safety concerns she has regarding the shortage of nurses at the Emergency Department of Mayo University Hospital.
Mayo's Senator Conway-Walsh said:
‘It is my understanding that the Emergency Department serving the whole of County Mayo and beyond is currently short nine nurses. 

"Several skilled experienced staff have left and have not been replaced with nurses of sufficient skills and experience required to work in a high pressured environment. 

"A clinical facilitator has been hired to train inexperienced staff but cannot take up the post because of the embargo on recruitment.
‘This situation presents a high risk situation to patients and staff alike. 

"It is becoming increasingly difficult for staff to run a safe Emergency Department when they don’t have adequate trained staff to cope with all the challenges they are faced with on a 24 hour, seven day a week basis. 

"Is it any wonder experienced staff are finding it impossible to continue working in this environment?
‘An overcrowded emergency department and staff shortages has to result in mistakes being made and patients not always getting the care that they need. 

"Hundreds of millions of euro are paid out each year to patients and their families because of medical mistakes being made in our health service. 

"Just a fraction of this would pay to have all emergency departments fully staffed.
‘These Departments have to be prepared for people presenting with a wide range of mental and physical emergencies.  Staff are responsible for everyone coming across the entrance of the department. 

Mayo University Hospital should have no less than seven experienced nurses on the day shift and no less that five on a night shift. 

The situation can and should be easily rectified. I am calling on the Minister and HSE Management to do so immediately." 

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