Saturday 20 January 2018

Concern over staffing levels at new unit

David Tucker

STAFFING levels at Wexford General Hospital's new state-of-the-art Emergency Department and maternity unit are threatening to undermine what is a very positive development for town and county, according to a Wexford deputy.

Expressing concerns about staffing levels at the hospital, Deputy Liam Twomey called for recruitment issues at the hospital to be urgently addressed.

His comments were echoed by Wexford councillor and emergency medical technician Ger Carthy who said the state of the art facility was not being fully utilised because of staffing levels.

'The staffing issue needs to be addressed,' said Cllr. Carthy, adding that there should be cross-party agreement to deal with the issue.

He said at least another ten members of staff need to be taken on to ensure that the new unit is used to its full extent.

Deputy Twomey said, 'we have a fantastic new maternity unit and a new Emergency Department at Wexford General, but the delivery of healthcare is all about personnel.

'We need to ensure we have sufficient staff numbers to run these new facilities and to cater for patients effectively,' he said.

'The government has invested €7.5 million in the new Emergency Department at Wexford General, which will vastly improve the experience for patients. We cannot allow this very positive development to be undermined by staffing issues at the hospital,' said the Fine Gael deputy.

Deputy Twomey said he had listened Dr Colm Quigley's comments about the challenges that may arise in staffing the new A&E unit due to the over reliance on agency staff and questioned why it was so difficult to recruit frontline staff.

Enniscorthy Guardian

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