Patient safety at risk in Naas hospital say nurses as dispute looms

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Paul O'Meara

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Patient safety as risk in Naas hospital say nurses as dispute looms

Naas General Hospital

Patient safety is consistently at risk at Naas hospital because of ongoing overcrowding.

According to the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation - which is planning a work stoppage at the hospital this week - this is because of pressures created by a lack  of resources to meet patients’ demands.

Industrial action is planned to take place from 8am tomorrow until 8am on Thursday.

However some services at Naas are exempt from the action.

Regarding emergency care, an INMO spokesperson said: “ “No nurses want to go on strike, but we feel we have been forced into this position. Overcrowding is a consistent issue at Naas hospital, and this means patient safety is consistently at risk. Nurses and midwives have pledged to provide life-saving and emergency care during the strike.”

The spokesperson also said that strike exemptions have been put in place  for some services, including emergency care, maternity services, chemotherapy and some residential care.

Patients are being urged to contact the Health Service Executive  for information on which services at Naas hospital will be available on the days of the strike, if they are unsure about arrangements to receive treatment.

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