Talks on nurse staffing crisis adjourned

Major problems with recruitment and retention
  • Deborah Condon

Talks between nurses and government officials over the ongoing staffing problems in Irish hospitals have been adjourned.

The discussions between the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation, the HSE, the Department of Health and the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform focused on problems relating to the recruitment and retention of staff.

The talks, which lasted around two hours, were adjourned on Thursday evening after it was agreed that the management side would produce initial proposals in writing on January 20, with direct discussions recommencing on January 23.

At the meeting, the INMO confirmed that following a recent national ballet of its members, 90% had voted in favour of industrial action. It also highlighted the loss of nursing/midwifery posts in recent years and the far-reaching impact this was having on the workload and morale of nurses currently working in the health service.

The executive council of the INMO is set to meet on January 17 to receive a report on discussions to date and to decide on its next steps in its staffing campaign.




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