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Ramsey calls for action over nursing shortage

9 October, 2012 - by Sue Ramsey

Sinn Féin MLA Sue Ramsey said that nurses are the backbone of the health system and if they are under pressure from a shortage of staff then the Health Minister needs to take notice and action.

The West Belfast MLA was commenting on the report by UNISON into front-line services.

The Chair of the Assembly’s Health Committee said:

“Considering the pressure that front line staff at accident & emergency departments and acute services have been under over recent months, this report does not come as a surprise.

“Nurses are the backbone of our health system and are on the front line of delivering services across the community.

“If nurses are over-worked because of staff shortages then a simple solution is to employ more nurses.

“Meanwhile the minister will need to explain in his Transforming Your Care statement how this new strategy will ease pressure on nursing staff.

“I will also be raising the UNISON report at the next meeting of the Health Committee.”

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