THE IRISH NURSES and Midwives Organisation, the INMO, is to march on Saturday as part of protests organised by the Dublin Council of Trade Unions.
The march and rally will commence at 1pm at the Garden of Remembrance, Parnell Square, Dublin. Liam Doran, general secretary of the union, called on his members to come out on the streets to protest against further cuts in health services.
In a circular letter to representatives, Doran said INMO members, more than anyone else, “know the impact of health cuts on patient care”.
The HSE Annual Report 2011 confirmed that 8,379 people had left the health service since September 2007 and their July Performance Report confirmed a further 2,398 nurses and midwives left in the first seven months of this year. In spite of this, hospital activity is up 10 per cent with a cut of 11 per cent in budget. In-patient discharges are up by 25,000; day cases up by 26,000 and emergency admissions are running 14,000 above target” said Mr Doran, who went on to ask “how much more are nurses and midwives expected to take in the name of austerity?.
The INMO is calling on its members to “come out on the streets to protest against further cuts in health services”.