Wednesday 28 September 2016

Nurses at St James's Hospital looking for jobs elsewhere after losing parking spaces

Ryan Nugent

Published 08/08/2016 | 11:35

Staff nurse Dominica Orawrska pictured outside the entrance to St James Hospital.. Picture; Gerry Mooney
Staff nurse Dominica Orawrska pictured outside the entrance to St James Hospital.. Picture; Gerry Mooney

Nurses at St James's Hospital are considering jobs elsewhere after losing access to up to 300 spaces on site.

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The move by management is in order to facilitate the construction of the new National Children’s Hospital (NCH) which is being built on the site.

The nurses are now being told they can park at locations off-site – however some of these sites are not open by the time their shift finishes.

It is understood the limited parking available on-site was full shortly after 7am today.

A carpark within St James Hospital which was used by nurses and staff which is now closed as construction of the ne Childrens hospital gets underway. Picture: Gerry Mooney
A carpark within St James Hospital which was used by nurses and staff which is now closed as construction of the ne Childrens hospital gets underway. Picture: Gerry Mooney

The Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) are considering taking industrial action over the issue, stating that staff safety – walking to and from the hospital – is at risk.

A spokeswoman said that nurses travelling from afar have no option other than driving to work, as modes of public transport will mean it is impossible to get to the hospital in time for their shift to start.

The spokeswoman said St James's Hospital is now facing a mass exodus of staff – who will move to other hospitals that are more convenient.

She said that nurses enjoy working at the hospital, but may be forced to leave.

Cliona O’Byrne, from Skerries, has been working at the hospital for more than 16 years, and told Independent.ie that she is considering moving to Our Lady of Lourdes, Drogheda, Beaumont Hospital or the Mater Hospital instead.

“There’s no train and Luas that will get me into work on time for a shift at 7:30am – it’s just not possible for me to take public transport,” Cliona said.

“We’re frustrated and we’re upset at the lack of communication and the lack of respect.

“To be treated like this is very upsetting.

Staff nurses Jo Tully and Cliona Byrne pictured outside the entrance to St James Hospital.. Picture; Gerry Mooney
Staff nurses Jo Tully and Cliona Byrne pictured outside the entrance to St James Hospital.. Picture; Gerry Mooney

“I’d have to change my hours or leave – I could go to Beaumont, Drogheda or the Mater, all are closer but I love working here,” she added.

Nurse, Dominica Orawska (21) from Tallaght said it’s unfair to expect staff to go to the Royal Hospital Kilmainham to get their car after a 13 hour shift.

“In the winter, when it’s dark, it’s not the safest area to be walking around,” she said.

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