RNs - Ireland

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Sligo nurse stoppage goes ahead

Irish Times, May 21, 2009 A one-day work stoppage by nurses at Sligo General Hospital has started following the breakdown of talks last night. The Labour Relations Commission was facilitating talks between hospital management and two nursing unions, the Irish Nurses Organisation (INO) and Siptu. The dispute is over bed closures and non-renewal of 19 nursing contracts. The strike is due to begin at 8 AM and will end at 5 PM. According to Sligo Hospital Management nurses will not provide emergency cover but will provide eight nurses on-call for the whole hospital. ... Sligo

INO call for intervention from highest level

Ocean FM, May 21, 2009 The Irish Nurses Organisation confirmed that 210 of their members and SIPTUs members will take to the picket lines between 8 AM and 5 PM. They will be supported by a number of nurses who are not rostered on today. Nurses are taking to the picket lines today over the non-renewal of temporary contracts and job losses at the hospital. Talks between representatives from the Irish Nurses Organisation, SIPTU and management failed to reach a resolution. ... INO

Nurses in one-day strike at Sligo Hospital

RTÉ News, May 21, 2009 Nurses at Sligo General Hospital are to stage a one-day strike today. 240 members of the Irish Nurses Organisation and SIPTU are taking part in the day of action, which starts at 8 AM. Talks between the unions and management over staffing levels broke down last night without agreement. It is understood that a number of patients will be transferred to other hospitals during the strike and a number of appointments and elective surgeries have been cancelled. ... Nurses

HSE warns over nurses' strike at Sligo hospital

Marese McDonagh, Irish Times, May 16, 2009 An all-out strike by 700 nurses at Sligo General Hospital next Thursday will result in 318 acutely-ill patients and 22 who required daily dialysis being left without nursing care, the HSE warned last night. The warning came after members of Siptu indicated they would join their Irish Nurses Organisation colleagues on the one-day work stoppage. Management has described the unions’ refusal to staff emergency and critical care areas during the strike as “unprecedented”, and last night INO official Noel Treanor agreed this was the case. He said management had been given three weeks’ notice of the action and indicated some patients may be moved ... HSE

SIPTU nurses to join INO Sligo General strike

Ocean fm, May 15, 2009 Members of Siptu’s nurses branch at Sligo General hospital will take to the picket lines in support of the Irish nurses organisation on Thursday. The INO are striking due to joblosses and the non-renewal of temporary contracts. SIPTU have already served notice on management and their 120 or so members from the nursing branch will down tools next week. ... SIPTU

Opposing forces on economy

Cutbacks and the front line. Pat Leahy, Sunday Business Post, December 7, 2008 ... When people talk about the need for public sector reform, they stress that this should not affect frontline services. The example often cited is nurses: surely cutbacks shouldn’t affect nurses? But Ireland has one of the highest numbers of nurses in Europe – more than twice as many per head of population as France. We have twice as many nurses as we had in 1990. The average pay for those nurses (across all grades) in 2005, according to the Department of Health, was €56,000. National pay agreements alone would bring that figure to above €60,000 for this year. ... Opposing

Recession-hit Ireland to cut employees, agencies

Shawn Pogatchnik, Associated Press, November 26, 2008 Dublin - Battling red ink and recession, Ireland's government unveiled a sweeping plan Wednesday designed to slash its costs and reverse more than a decade of boom-fueled excess. Finance Minister Brian Lenihan said the government must cut its payroll and demand more from those on it. He said the number of state employees has grown over the past four years by 11 percent to 318,000 - including civil servants, teachers, nurses and doctors, soldiers and police - while their total pay has surged 39 percent to euro18 billion ($23 billion), representing 32 percent of Ireland's total budget. ... Recession-hit

Nurses suspend work-to-rule at Portiuncula Hospital

Independent.ie, November 25, 2008 The Irish Nurses Organisation has suspended a work-to-rule protest at Portiuncula Hospital in Co Galway after reaching an agreement with the National Hospitals Office and the HSE. The INO has been embroiled in a 10-week dispute with management at the hospital over the suspension of two senior nurse managers. Nurses began a work-to-rule yesterday in which they refused to answer phones or conduct certain IT duties. The action has now been suspended - as has a lunchtime protest planned for today - following talks between the two sides yesterday. An independent investigation will be carried out as part of a deal reached at the discussions. ©Independent.ie

Industrial action lifted at Portiuncula Hospital following agreement between INO & HSE

Irish Nurses Organisation, November 25, 2008 The Irish Nurses Organisation is pleased to announce that the industrial action at Portiuncula Hospital was lifted from late yesterday evening following agreement between the INO and the HSE to appoint an agreed independent expert to review the procedures followed in the case of the two senior nurse managers at the Hospital. A very well attended meeting at the hospital last night decided unanimously to lift the industrial action with immediate effect. The review will be completed within a 7 day timeframe following commencement. There will be a managed return to work of the two senior nurses by an agreed independent mediator.

Diagnosing the state of health funding

Dot Kirby, BBC News, November 22, 2008 It seems that every day brings a fresh tranche of health closures ... and a fresh multi-million pound announcement of expansion. On the one hand, nursing posts are planned to disappear but, on the other, there seems to be a bonanza in new buildings being promised. So is it boom or bust? Does the health service have enough money or not? It seems confusing. But if you are the health minister, it makes perfect sense. Michael McGimpsey says there is no direct relationship between the two. ... Diagnosing

Health unions offer help to save vaccine programme

Charlie Taylor, Irish Times, November 20, 2008 Ireland's three main health service unions told Health Service Executive (HSE) management today they want to help find ways to preserve the cervical vaccination programme for young girls. The programme, which was announced earlier this year, has been postponed as part of the Government's spending cuts. Representatives from Impact, Siptu and the Irish Nurses' Organisation (INO) resumed talks with HSE management this afternoon to discuss work practice reforms as part of a plan to deal with the HSE's 2009 budget shortfall of about €350 million. ... Health

New Standards Will Improve Patient Care

Northern Ireland Health Department, November 18, 2008 Health Minister, Michael McGimpsey, today launched a new set of standards aimed at improving patient care. The five standards relating to respect, attitude, behaviour, communication, privacy and dignity set out what the public should expect from staff in the health service. They are contained in a new report entitled, 'Improving the Patient and Client Experience', which has been developed by Northern Ireland's Chief Nursing Officer, Martin Bradley in collaboration with the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) and the Northern Ireland Practice and Education Council (NIPEC). ... New

North East Emergency Departments In Crisis

Irish Nurses Organisation, November 18, 2008 Emergency Departments across the North East are in crisis this morning as 57 patients are on trolleys awaiting beds ie 23 in Cavan General Hospital, 26 in Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda, 6 in Navan and 2 in Monaghan. The Emergency Department in Cavan General Hospital was built to hold 9 trolleys and this morning they have 23 patients on trolleys which are overflowing on to the corridors linking the ED, the adjoining X-Ray Department and OPD. Similarly, in Drogheda 14 trolleys can be accommodated but staff there are dealing with 26 awaiting admission and also 10 ED patients on trolleys being assessed. ... North

Nurses seek inquiry into suspensions

Eithne Donnellan, Irish Times, November 18, 2008 Nurses at Portiuncula Hospital in Ballinasloe, Co Galway, want a full investigation into how two senior nurse managers were suspended after raising concerns about patient safety. They were suspended in September and appealed the decision to the Health Service Executive's national hospitals office (NHO). The outcome of their appeal has only been relayed to them in the past week. The NHO effectively ruled that they should have received a formal written warning rather than being suspended and advised that they should return to work. ... Nurses

Health Trusts run up £133m bill for agency staff

Lisa Smyth, Belfast Telegraph, November 13, 2008 Northern Ireland’s cash-strapped health chiefs have run up a bill of at least £133m for agency staff, the Belfast Telegraph can reveal today. The full bill for Northern Ireland’s five health trusts - just under an average of £20,000 every day for the figures provided - is equivalent to the cost of two brand new state-of-the art NHS hospitals on a similar scale of the Causeway Hospital in Coleraine which was built at a cost of about £55m. ... Health

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