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Call for Minister to intervene in dispute at Kerry General Hospital

18 January, 2006

North Kerry Sinn Féin TD Martin Ferris has called on the Táinaiste and Minister for Health and children Mary Harney to make a last minute intervention in the dispute at Kerry General Hospital. The INO have said that up to 80 extra nurses are needed to carry out the level of service being provided at the moment and nurses at the hospital are preparing to vote on industrial action. Deputy Ferris said the Minister should give a guarantee to address the staffing shortage at the hospital.                       

He said, “I have complete sympathy with the position of the nurses at Kerry General Hospital. I have seen at first hand the disgraceful conditions that they and their colleagues have to work in.   

“If the nurses vote in favour of industrial action they will have my full support and the support of Sinn Féin. However I would call on the Minister to make a last minute intervention to try to avoid such a situation by giving a guarantee to address the staffing shortage at the hospital.

“I have raised the staffing problems at Kerry General ad nausea both in and out of the Dáil. This government and the current Minister for Health have continuously ignored calls to address these problems. The people of Kerry have put up with enough from this government and if we now face industrial action at the hospital then the government and its representatives will be solely responsible for this.” ENDS

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