THE HSE has said that although the dispute with agency nurses has not seen the cancellation of surgeries at the Midlands Regional Hospital at Tullamore, the situation is being monitored.
In a statement the HSE said “there have been no cancellations as a result of a shortage of agency nurses. Hospital management is reviewing the situation on a daily basis.”
Meanwhile some surgeries have been cancelled at the Midlands Regional Hospital at Portlaoise as a result.
The HSE said the Midland Regional Hospital at Portlaoise is no different to many other hospitals in respect of the difficulties being experienced to secure agency nurses following the new contract arrangements which came into effect last week for agency staff.
In a statement the HSE said through its directors of nursing and hospital management it continues to closely monitor the situation and will put contingency arrangements in place as required.
“The Midland Regional Hospital at Portlaoise has undertaken to redeploy nursing staff and cancel some non emergency elective surgery where necessary and reschedule any other appointments as appropriate.
“The HSE will endeavour to reschedule any patients who are affected by these arrangements within an appropriate timeframe.”
It added “despite the pressures to date there has been no significant impact on patient services and no apparent risk to patient safety.
Finally it said the appointment of (medical and nursing recruitment) agencies to the new contract framework is a HSE procurement process and the staff are employed directly by the agencies.