Mullingar hospital set to hire 90 nurses and midwives
A dispute over staffing levels at the Midland Regional Hospital in Mullingar has been resolved, with 90 nurses and midwives to be hired.
The Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation says
A lunchtime protest was held at the hospital in January and INMO members voted overwhelmingly in favour of a work-to-rule protest.
According to the INMO, initiatives agreed with management include the following:
* Additional funding for 39 posts which are in the process of being filled;
* 10 staff nurses to be recruited for the Emergency Department;
* 26 staff midwives to be recruited;
* 15 staff nurses to be recruited for general ward areas;
* 2015 Nursing Graduates will be offered permanent posts at 100% salary; and,
* Supernumerary status for CNM2’s.
The INMO will now put these proposals to members, with a recommendation for acceptance.
Speaking today, INMO industrial relations officer Derek Reilly said: “The INMO welcomes the commitment to recruit 90 nurses and midwives in the Midland Regional Hospital, Mullingar.
“This is a positive outcome for our members who have continued to struggle with unmanageable workloads on a daily basis due to persistent overcrowding and understaffing.
“We are now calling for these posts to be filled as an absolute priority in the interests of patient care and the nursing/midwifery staff striving to provide that care.”