Emergency Department nurses will be balloted on industrial action next month - if progress is not made on critical issues.
That’s according to the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation, which claims that the system is at breaking point.
Following a meeting between Emergency Department nurses and the Health Minister yesterday, the INMO’s Executive Council has decided to commence a nationwide ballot in November, unless significant progress is made on a number of areas – including unsafe staffing levels, health and safety reviews in Emergency Departments and increased access to diagnostics for nurses on a 7-day basis.
INMO General Secretary Liam Doran says emergency nurses are at breaking point, and fear for their patients and their own health and well-bring.
He says that while industrial action should only be a last resort, after 12 years of waiting for improvements, the time for action is now.
The number of patients on hospital trolleys across the country today has risen to 434.
There are 25 patients on trolleys at Galway University Hospital, 7 at Portiuncla Hospital in Ballinasloe and 4 on trolleys at Mayo General, according to the Irish Nurses & Midwives Organisation.