Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Health Billy Kelleher and Offaly TD Barry Cowen have met with representatives of the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation at the Midland Regional Hospital Tullamore amid concern about overcrowding, staff shortages and patient safety at the hospital.
Speaking after the meeting Deputy Kelleher commented: “I want to commend the work that nurses and doctors are doing on the frontline of our health services. The sheer scale of budget cuts in recent years has put enormous pressure on staff and it is to their credit that they have been able to continue to provide and safe and high standard of care to patients. There has been concern in recent weeks about overcrowding at the Accident and Emergency Department and I’m pleased my colleague Deputy Cowen organised this meeting so we could hear those concerns first hand. The INMO members at the hospital are continuing to provide excellent care for patients and leadership for staff.
“I am concerned however about a number of vacant posts at the Midland Regional Hospital. All across the country there are vacancies in key positions in hospitals that must be filled in order to main the safe delivery of care to patients and the Midland Regional Hospital here in Tullamore is no different. In fact I have learned through this visit that the hospital is actually taking in more patients and from outside its traditional catchment area, that the hospital in a way is a victim of its success - its standard of care and treatment is resulting in more patients seeking its services.”
Deputy Cowen commented: “I was pleased to have the opportunity to arrange this meeting and for staff to brief our Health Spokesperson directly. We will be relaying the points and concerns that they have raised with us about vacant posts and the need for a better approach in the delivery of our health care system with Minister Reilly in the Dáil.”
Pictured are Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Health Billy Kelleher met last Thursday afternoon with members of the INMO. The meeting was organised by Deputy Cowen with the co-operation of the INMO locally. Please find attached picture taken following the meeting. L-R: Billy Kelleher TD, Geraldine Talty, INMO executive representative; Sinead Fitzsimons, Tullamore; Nuala Murray, Birr; Lorraine Monaghan INMO industrial relations officer; Barry Cowen TD at the Tullamore Court Hotel. Picture: Ger Rogers/HR Photo.