Hospital manager hits out at union nurse figures
THE manager of a hospital at the centre of a staffing crisis has launched a scathing attack on a nurses' union in an ongoing dispute there.
Margaret Swords, general manager at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda, Co Louth, went public with staffing numbers after nurses staged a protest at what they see as under-staffing.
In a strongly-worded statement, management at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital said they met with the Irish Nursing and Midwives Organisation (INMO) on a regular basis.
It said the Hospital Group and the HSE nationally are undertaking measures to address the issues of overcrowding. These included 16 new nurses employed on temporary contracts being made permanent, additional nurses from overseas and the opening of an 18-bed Clinical Decision Unit this November.
"While there are 67.6 permanent nursing vacancies and not 92 as quoted by INMO, the hospital wishes to clarify that it employs approximately 45 agency staff on a regular basis and hospital staff on an overtime basis to cover these vacancies," said Ms Swords.