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Nurses at St Vincent's Hospital vote overwhelmingly for industrial action

David Kearns

Published 08/10/2015 | 08:01

St Vincent's University Hospital
St Vincent's University Hospital

Nurses in the emergency department at St Vincent's University Hospital in Dublin will hold a lunchtime protest following a vote overwhelmingly backing industrial action.

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Blaming the scale of overcrowding at the hospital, the nurses will protest at the hospital next Monday followed by a work-to-rule protest from Tuesday.

The hospital is one of the biggest acute facilities in the country

The Irish Nurses and Midwives' Organisation (INMO) has said that a ballot of its members "provides for action up to and including a withdrawal of labour".

The union claims figures are underestimating the true level of overcrowding at the hospital.

“INMO members believe they have now no option but to highlight the unacceptable conditions patients are being subjected to.

“The decision to commence industrial action, up to and including withdrawal of labour, seeking immediate improvements, to protect both patients and themselves, has been unanimous," said INMO Industrial Relations Officer Philip McAnenly.

St Vincent's has said it deeply regrets the decision by nurses, saying that the issue of overcrowding was a reflection a shortage of beds across the wider hospital system.

Management at the hospital said it will put in place contingency plans to minimise any disruption and to ensure that patients' safety is not compromised.

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