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Industrial action at Kerry General Hospital regrettable but inevitable

19 January, 2006


North Kerry Sinn Féin TD Martin Ferris has said that today’s decision by Nurses at Kerry General Hospital to vote in favour of industrial action was regrettable, but inevitable. Deputy Ferris said that the treatment of Nurses and other staff at the hospital by both the HSE and the Tánaiste and Minister for Health Mary Harney was appalling. He also said that the nurses had his and Sinn Féin’s full support.

Deputy Ferris said, “Nobody will be surprised by today’s overwhelming decision by Nurses at Kerry General to vote in favour of industrial action.  While people will view this result as regrettable, most will also view it as inevitable considering the appalling treatment of nurses and other staff at the hospital by the HSE and the Minister for Health Mary Harney. Added to that, the disgraceful attempt by the HSE to blame Nurses for the staff shortages made today’s vote a foregone conclusion.

“Nobody wants to see industrial action take place at the hospital, however people will only put up with so much.  The Nursing staff at Kerry General Hospital has my and my party’s full support. And I think the people of Kerry will be overwhelmingly in support of the Nurses and their demands for extra staff and resources for Kerry General.  The time for action by the Minister and the HSE has long since past, they have brought about this situation and only they can change it. I am again calling on the Tánaiste and Minister for Health Mary Harney to intervene and ensure that more nurses are allocated to Kerry.” ENDS

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