Naas nurses to ballot on industrial action

Aoife Barry, The Journal, July 8, 2011 Nurses at Naas General Hospital are to ballot for industrial action because of what they term the “unsafe conditions” there. Twenty four beds remain closed off in the hospital, along with a medical assessment unit. Derek Reilly, industrial relations officer with the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation claimed that hospital management has placed patients on trolleys throughout the hospital in an effort to ‘play down’ the figures in the emergency department. These patients do not have access to oxygen and other vital equipment, and crucially, the hospital is chronically understaffed. These patients are not in a safe environment. ... Naas