The Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation secured extra nursing posts at two separate hearings under the auspices of the Labour Relations Commission in relation to the overcrowding crisis.
Seventy nursing staff are to be recruited for the University Hospital Limerick group, including Nenagh Hospital, UH Limerick, Ennis Hospital and Croom Orthopaedic Hospital.
Nurses at Nenagh were due to start industrial action this Wednesday over staffing levels, but this has now been deferred following the agreement.
Mary Fogarty, IMNO industrial relations officer Mid West, said: “The INMO welcomes the commitment to recruit extra nurses. This is a positive outcome for our members who have continued to struggle with unmanageable workloads on a daily basis due to persistent overcrowding and understaffing.” She said that the organisation was calling for an aggressive recruitment campaign to have the posts filled immediately. “ in order to alleviate the continued suffering of patients in inhumane conditions and to allow our members to provide safe care. All barriers to the recruitment of nurses must now be lifted.”
Phil Ni Sheaghdha, INMO Director of Industrial Relations said: “Every effort to recruit nurses must now be made. Posts agreed in the past week between management and the INMO are necessary posts to allow safe service delivery and impact on the chronic overcrowding. We now need immediate visible action to prioritise this necessary recruitment.
A further 39 nurses will be recruited for Nass Genral Hospital.