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Sunday 28 May 2023 Dublin: 13°C

# INMO

# healthcare workers
Over 800 nurses and midwives assaulted in first three months of 2023
Over 62% of all assaults reported to the HSE in the first quarter were carried out against nurses and midwives.
This month
May 2023
# uhl
Industrial action by ICU nurses in University Hospital Limerick suspended
It follows the agreement of a proposal between the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation and UHL.
# Industrial Action
Limerick Hospital ICU nurses call for two beds to close until more staff are recruited
The nurses, who are members of the INMO, are now taking work-to-rule industrial action.
# HSE
Donnelly in talks on establishing 'hospital-linked' accommodation for migrant nurses
The Health Minister said that he has spoken with hospital management about setting up accommodation for overseas staff in particular.
# INMO
'I was punched in the face': ED nurse on why there's no appetite for strike but it may be 'only way'
Dublin-based nurse Moira Wynne said that the lack of homecare for older people is affecting the entire health service.
# INMO
Nurses to vote on potential strike action as HSE and Government roll out new promises
The INMO Executive Council said that a fully funded staffing plan is needed to avoid the “catastrophic impact” of last winter.
# staffing crisis
More than seven in ten Irish nurses have considered quitting their jobs - INMO survey
Nurses mainly wanted to leave their workplace due to stress, while many also reported experiencing aggressive behaviour.
Last month
April 2023
# workers' memorial day
INMO call for Health and Safety Authority resources to protect healthcare staff from danger
INMO President Karen McGowan spoke on behalf of healthcare workers at a Workers’ Memorial Day event at the Garden of Rememberance.
# mask wearing
Health unions seek urgent meeting with HSE on end of mandatory mask wearing in hospitals
There are concerns that lifting mandatory mask wearing could cause “friction” between those with different views in already overcrowded hospital wards.
THE MORNING LEAD
Indian nurses recruited by HSE wait months in Ireland without their children before starting work
A report by
Eimer McAuley
Twenty-nine migrant nurses who were recruited to one Dublin hospital were promised six weeks of paid accommodation, and then told they would have to leave after a week on arrival.
Twenty-nine migrant nurses who were recruited to one Dublin hospital were promised six weeks of paid accommodation, and then told they would have to leave after a week on arrival.
One mother-of-two from India hasn't been able to find a house to rent so her family can join her, Eimer McAuley reports.
# Cork City
Overcrowding in Cork city hospitals described as 'out of control' and 'dangerous'
Overcrowding records were broken today in both Cork University Hospital and Mercy University Hospital.
# pay talks
Pay talks: Additional money for HSE funded agencies 'must go on worker's pay, not admin costs'
Trade unions are set to push the State to reclassify agency healthcare workers as public servants.
This year
2023
# Paddy's Day
HSE issues warning about ‘additional pressure’ on emergency departments over St Patrick’s weekend
The HSE’s chief operations officer said St Patrick’s weekend ‘historically brings additional pressure’.
# Mater Hospital
Mater Hospital advises patients to avoid its emergency department 'where possible'
A statement issued this evening said the hospital’s ‘services are under extreme pressure due to the large volume of patients’.
# TUH
Tallaght Hospital advises people with 'non-urgent' needs to avoid its emergency department
Tallaght University Hospital said its ED is ‘extremely busy’ and is currently experiencing ‘high levels of attendance’.
# Assaults
At least 10 assaults on Irish hospital staff each day, committee to be told
The Oireachtas Health Committee will focus on assaults and attacks on healthcare workers.
# hospital security
INMO calls for full security review of hospitals following fatal Cork attack
The union said no security review has taken place since 2016.
# Respiratory viruses
Chief medical officer has not advocated for a mask mandate, says Taoiseach
Chief Medical Officer Prof Breda Smyth has urged the public to wear masks on public transport and in crowded places.
# Hospitals
'Not acceptable' that people are dying due to overcrowding, says INMO
The former head of the HSE also stated today that overcrowding has become a permanent feature of the healthcare system.
# INMO
INMO to consult with members on industrial action
The INMO general secretary said ‘what has transpired this week in our hospitals was totally avoidable’.
# Under Pressure
Pressure on hospitals due to respiratory illnesses will likely get worse, Donnelly says
Health Minister Stephen Donnelly said the HSE doesn’t believe that the flu wave has peaked.
# Emergency Departments
INMO calls for return of mandatory mask-wearing in crowded settings amid record trolley numbers
Over 931 patients are without beds in Irish hospitals today – the highest number since records began in 2006.
Covid-19 and influenza cases continue to increase rapidly, while notifications of RSV are also increasing
A consultant at University Hospital Limerick said "conditions in many instances are inhumane"
Services at several hospitals around the country are under extreme pressure
Last year
2022
# INMO
Urgent health service demand at never before seen levels amid 'worst year' for hospital overcrowding
It comes amid a warning from the HSE that ‘demand for urgent health services is rising well above levels we have seen before’.
# Covid-19
Taoiseach asks HSE to 'deploy all available resources' in response to respiratory viruses surge
Frontline healthcare workers ‘feel that they have been abandoned to a situation that was avoidable,’ the INMO’s general secretary said.
Taoiseach has said that HSE must deploy all available resources to combat virus surge.
HSE said they're seeing more people currently in hospital with Covid-19 than had been expected.
# Trolleys
Mater restricts visits due to high levels of respiratory infections as 'record' overcrowding hits hospitals
It’s the joint-highest number of patients without a bed that the organisation has ever recorded.
# INMO
Nurses working in ‘horrendous’ conditions as 100,000 patients left on trolleys
The Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation warned that workers are ‘stretched to the limit, with staff shortages reported across the country.
# INMO
Number of patients on trolleys in Irish hospitals hits year-high
669 people are on trolleys in Irish hospitals today, a figure that includes 28 children.
# Overcrowding
INMO warns of 'dangerous overcrowding' at Mater hospital
Nurses say the emergency department at the hospital is no longer safe for patients.
# Healthcare
Budget 2023 must address 'chronic' overcrowding in Irish hospitals, says INMO
It called for a ‘laser focus’ on recruitment of nurses and midwives.
# INMO
Nurses and midwives' union to ballot members on industrial action
INMO has pointed to persistent inflation and the rising cost of living as sources of strain for members.
# Overcrowding
Nurses warn of winter 'twindemic' if overcrowding in hospitals is not addressed
The INMO said that the number of patients without a bed last month was up 52% on the previous year.
# Under Pressure
University Hospital Galway warn of 'severe' overcrowding a week after CMO alerted Donnelly
“This level of overcrowding in Galway and across the country in the middle of July is not normal,” the INMO said.
# long covid
Nurses organisation says it wants long-Covid treated as a workplace injury
Talks between unions on new sick pay schemes are ongoing.
# Hospitals
Nurses suffering from burnout due to overcrowding in A&E, says INMO
The INMO has said the dignity of patients is often diminished because of overcrowded conditions.
# State of Emergency
Easy as ABC? Solving Ireland's lethal Acute Bed Capacity crisis
Inpatient bed numbers among lowest in EU and nowhere near demand predicted by capacity reviews.
Inpatient bed numbers among lowest in EU and nowhere near demand predicted by capacity reviews
Maria Delaney of investigative platform Noteworthy examines why despite overcrowding constantly being reported, hundreds of people continue to die
Full capacity protocol activated weekly at University Hospital Limerick, often resulting in cancelled ops
# Overcrowding
INMO warns of 'real problem along western seaboard' with record-breaking overcrowding
There was record-breaking overcrowding in University Hospital Limerick in April.
# The Fix
Here's What Happened Today: Saturday
Here’s a roundup of stories from today.
# Nurses
'Disappointing' to have no nursing or midwifery member on new Covid advisory group, INMO says
The Department of Health yesterday confirmed the details of the new Covid-19 Advisory Group that will include members such as Professor Luke O’Neill.
# Covid-19
CMO doesn't advise for mandatory mask-wearing, as Tánaiste says public health emergency is over
Hospitals have been under serious pressure in the latest surge – with the worst March overcrowding for at least 16 years.
# Mayo
Mayo hospital staff face 'extraordinary and overwhelming' conditions as Covid cases mount
The INMO said face mask mandates need to be reintroduced.