Statistics skew nurse numbers and mask real shortage in hospitals

Lack of nurses leaves wards understaffed and unsafe for patients and their carers

January 8th, 2019: Members of the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) plan to stage six strikes over pay in the weeks ahead.

The nurses are going on strike and one of their grievances is poor staffing levels. But there’s a serious question hovering out there: are there too many nurses in Ireland? If so, that’s a significant contradiction, and the Health Service Executive would be right to stand firm. If the nurses are correct, there are real implications for patients.

This is not a new issue; it’s been around for years.

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