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Varadkar and HSE have 4 Weeks to Prevent Nurses Strike

By Katie McGarr on 12 October 2015

Could Nurses Strike this Christmas?

Last week a Crisis Meeting took place in Dublin to tackle the Emergency Room Crisis in Ireland. 

Minister of Health Leo Varadkar met with INMO and Emergency Room Representatives to tackle the alarming number of Patients on trolleys in Ireland’s Emergency Rooms. This number is increasing and with the likelihood of a Vomiting Bug or Flu Epidemic, it is only set to get worse.

At the meeting the Irish Nurses and Midwife Organisation along with ER Representatives revealed to  Varadkar the shocking rise of figures of number of patients on trolleys or waiting for a bed.

At the meeting the INMO also revealed that a ballot would be taken in November to strike if the problem was ignored any longer.

The INMO have drawn up critical actions that they believe are necessary for the HSE to implement to stabilise the crisis before Christmas:

  1. Specific recruitment and retention initiatives to address the current unsafe staffing levels

  2. An immediate independent health and safety review in every Emergency Department

  3. An increased senior clinical presence, to ensure acute assessment by senior clinical decision makers and enhanced collaborative working throughout the extended day on a 7/7 basis in all Emergency Departments

  4. Increased access, when required, to diagnostics on an extended 7/7 day basis

The INMO believes that introducing their above demands are the only way to put an end to the Crisis.

General Secretary of the INMO Liam Dornan said that industrial actions at Hospitals will always be a last resort however Emergency Room workers are continuously in fear for their patients and their own safety. 

“The INMO, in making this decision, is acutely aware that industrial action, in any area of the health service, should only be a last resort. However after 12 years of waiting for improvements, and unfulfilled promises, the time for action is now.”


At the meeting Varadkar stated that he did not believe any industrial or Strike Action would be helpful in fixing the situation.

The INMO hopes that by addressing these actions the Emergency Room Workers and Patients will be safer.

What do you think should be done about the Emergency Room Crisis? Should the HSE meet the INMO’s demands or is there a different solution?

Varadkar and the HSE must  do Something before November if they want to prevent a Strike among Nurses and put Ireland’s sick at risk.


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