Wednesday 18 October 2017

Nurses protest over ongoing trolley crisis

Nurses take to the streets during the INMO protest outside St Vincent’s Hospital.
Picture: Frank McGrath
Nurses take to the streets during the INMO protest outside St Vincent’s Hospital. Picture: Frank McGrath
Eilish O'Regan

Eilish O'Regan

Management and nurses in one of the country's biggest hospitals have clashed over efforts to reduce its trolley crisis.

A spokesman for St Vincent's Hospital accused nurses of opposing proposals to move patients from its ED to wards while they are still on trolleys.

He was speaking after nurses staged a lunchtime protest.

They warned the hospital has a serious problem with nursing vacancies and wards can be down two to six nurses.

Management acknowledged there is overcrowding in the ED, but said it cannot understand why the INMO is opposed to having additional beds on wards to alleviate it.

Irish Independent

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