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HSE needs a 'dose of reality' over Drogheda Hospital - Morgan

3 August, 2006

Sinn Féin's spokesperson on worker's rights, Arthur Morgan TD, has called for a 'dose of reality' for the Health Service Executive as it enters conciliation talks with workers in Drogheda Hospital today. He was speaking ahead of possible industrial action consisting of a ban on overtime at the hospital tomorrow.

The Louth TD said: "I spoke yesterday with staff from Drogheda Hospital and what I have heard points to an overwhelming workload being placed on staff. Huge amounts of overtime, both paid and unpaid, are required to keep the hospital running. Staff are regularly asked, pressured even, to come in to work for a few hours on their days off.

"Workers are demanding that more staff be hired to alleviate the current burden. Currently, some temporary staff from outside the HSE are occasionally brought in to assist but at almost twice the wage of HSE staff.

"The HSE needs a dose of reality and to realise that crushing workloads on medical and cleaning staff amounts to little more than worker exploitation. The cap on recruitment must be lifted or, if these conciliation talks fail, the full support of the people of Drogheda and further afield will be behind the workers." CRÍOCH

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