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Tullamore Hospital announces 'approval received' to recruit more staff

The announcement comes on a day when SIPTU members are due to hold a protest outside the facility

The management of the Midlands Regional Hospital in Tullamore has announced that approval has been received for the recruitment of 19.5 Multi Task Attendant (MTA) posts at the hospital.

In a statement, the hospital said it came after 'extensive workforce planning'. The announcement comes on a day when SIPTU members, working as Multi Task Attendants in the hospital, are due to hold a protest outside the facility today from 1pm to 2pm, to highlight their concerns over staffing levels.

Announcing the protest last week, SIPTU Organiser, John Hubbard, said, the hospital and management had approval to hire the equivalent of 19.5 full-time support staff but he added that the hospital and the hospital group have failed to advertise for these jobs locally. He noted that SIPTU members were 'reluctantly taking this action' to highlight their valid concerns over unsafe staffing levels at the hospital.

Those positions have been now advertised and the hospital says that recruitment for these posts will be by way of open competition, in line with HSE recruitment protocols, and are currently advertised on the HSE’s website. You can view the jobs by clicking here

The hospital acknowledged that there are currently 14 agency staff employed by the hospital and they continue to carry out and support MTA functions pending the completion of this recruitment process.

The hospital's statement concluded by stating, "Hospital management engage with staff representatives on an ongoing basis on various aspects of colleagues terms and conditions of employment. As such, we continue to meet and work with SIPTU to resolve any further issues of concern to our staff. The hospital would like to assure our patients that we do not anticipate any disruption to services today resulting from this protest."

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