The INMO say they are concerned with what they describe as “severe staffing shortages” at Sligo General Hospital.
The INMO statement issued on Friday afternoon stated: “Having reviewed the latest situation, wishes to inform the general public with regard to the severe staffing shortages at Sligo General Hospital as a result of the non-replacement of staff on maternity leave and sick leave.
“Medical wards are particularly affected by the current situation, resulting in increased risk to patients and staff alike. Notwithstanding this increased risk, the INMO also understands management propose to open empty beds in some wards.”
The INMO says they are now demanding clarity, and certainty, as to how any additional beds will be staffed to ensure safe care for patients and safe practice for nurses. “This is necessary as nursing staff are already struggling to provide basic care to patients and have grave concerns regarding patient safety, concerns which are currently being ignored by management,” the statement added,
INMO Industrial Relations Officer for the area, Maura Hickey, speaking this afternoon said: “I was in Sligo General Hospital yesterday and it was obvious that nursing staff were working so short and facing unmanageable workloads, without the time to ensure all patient care plans were fully implemented or the time to consult with each other on clinical matters.
“It is unacceptable that the HSE would seek to impose such draconian measures which can and will result in serious patient safety issues.”