Offaly TD Carol Nolan has welcomed the announcement that Tullamore Hospital has received approval to recruit and fill 19.5 Multi-Task Attendant posts at the hospital.
Commenting from Leinster House, Nolan said, “I welcome this news and it undoubtedly will ease pressure on the day-to-day running of the hospital and improve patient comfort. However I am anxious to ensure that the initiative does not mask the continuing need for adequate levels of Medical personnel to reduce patients waiting lists and wait times for treatment.”
On Wednesday, the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (NMO) had criticised the “deteriorating” conditions in the hospital, whilst SIPTU Multi Task Attendant members were planning strike action to highlight their “valid concerns over unsafe staffing levels at the hospital.”
Deputy Nolan commented that “there is clearly a culture of brinkmanship which withholds resources until such time as workers are forced to withdraw their labour and in the process, both the patient and staff suffers."
"I want to see radical change in the organisation culture of the HSE and I want to see resources deployed at the earliest indication of need not the latest. Crisis management must be reserved for crisis situations and should not be the standard modus operandi. I will continue to broker for change across all health care service delivery," she concluded.
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