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Adams welcomes efforts to resolve dispute at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital

4 July, 2016 - by Gerry Adams

Louth TD Gerry Adams has welcomed the “fresh efforts to resolve the dispute at Our Lady of Lourdes hospital over concerns around staff shortages at the Drogheda hospital”.

Gerry Adams TD said:

“I want to extend solidarity to the staff in Our Lady of Lourdes hospital. The nurses and midwives do a remarkable job in difficult conditions.

“Today, SIPTU Nursing representatives will re-engage with the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) in an effort to resolve the long-running dispute concerning nursing staff shortages in Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital. In May, it emerged that there were 104 vacant whole-time equivalent posts in that hospital.

“Some progress has already been made in discussions with management but SIPTU and those they represent still have concerns about staff levels.

“There is a particular need to reach agreement on an emergency plan to deal with staff shortages which takes account of the clinical and safety risks.

“The difficulties in Our Lady of Lourdes are replicated in hospitals across the state. Currently, the health system is short 3,600 nurses and midwives that are needed to maintain the sector.

“This chaos will not be resolved by Fine Gael or Fianna Fáil’s ill-considered two-tier approach to health or by the recruitment pause-embargo.”

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