Staffing level concerns at Sligo General


Concerns have been raised this afternoon over staffing levels at Sligo General hospital.

The Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) said there have been severe staffing shortages at the hospital because of the non-replacement of personel on maternity or sick leave.

INMO warned of increased risks to patients and staff and called for further information on whether management plans to open empty beds in some wards will proceed.

The union today accused management of ignoring safety concerns.

"I was in Sligo General hospital yesterday and it was obvious that nursing staff were working so short and facing unmanageable workloads, without the time to ensure all patient care plans were fully implemented or the time to consult with each other on clinical matters," said INMO industrial relations officer Maura Hickey.

"It is unacceptable that the HSE would seek to impose such draconian measures which can and will result in serious patient safety issues," she added.