SF Deputy Gerry Adams and Councillor Ruairí Ó Murchú.
Sinn Féin TD for Louth, Gerry Adams, is worried about the effect the proposed strike by nurses will have on the provision of health cover in Louth.
“Currently there are thousands of patients across this constituency who are already on long waiting lists for medical appointments, procedures and therapies at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital Drogheda and The Louth Hospital, Dundalk” he said.
Adams and Dundalk SF Councillor Ruairí Ó Murchú met the INMO General Secretary Phil Ni Sheagahda and north east representative David Miskell shortly before Christmas.
“They indicated to us that in the event of strike action all non-life-saving services will be withdrawn for 24 hour periods, there would be no normal ward services, all outpatient appointments and elective surgeries would be cancelled and there would be no respite service” Adams said.
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Councillor Ó Murchú added; “The Minister for Health and the Minister for Public Expenditure must meet with the INMO to avoid this devastating industrial action.
“In addition the Minister for Health should immediately implement the recommendations of the recently published ‘Taskforce on Nurse Staffing’ which demonstrated, through a pilot project in Our Lady Of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda, that patient mortality levels in the hospital decreased by 50%.”
Adams warned that failure by the government to address “glaring failings” in its healthcare policies will only make the crisis in the health service and the impact of the nurses’ strike even greater.
“The onus is on the government to resolve this worsening crisis within the health service” he said.
“The working conditions for our nursing staff have become increasingly stressful and difficult due directly to Government’s wilful neglect of the public healthcare system, including its failure to retain existing staff and recruit new staff.”