Midwives at University Maternity Hospital Limerick to consider ballot for industrial action

Midwives at University Maternity Hospital Limerick to consider ballot for industrial action

MEMBERS of the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation at University Maternity Hospital Limerick are to meet to consider a ballot for industrial action.

Announced on Sunday afternoon, the INMO stated that midwives are “deeply frustrated by the failure” of the HSE to address concerns flagged in January 2015, and the implementation of a  Workplace Relations Commission’s agreement last November.

According to INMO, the meeting to consider the ballot will be Tuesday, July 19. 

The agreement, in relation to staffing levels, included the recruitment of additional 30 midwives and neonatal nurses; a review of 24/7 portering requirements; additional clerical administration; and additional healthcare assistants to support midwives.

According to INMO, no additional midwife and neonatal nurse posts have been filled.

INMO industrial relations officer, Mary Fogarty said that midwives are “disillusioned with the HSE and its failure to listen and act in a timely fashion and put in place robust governance and safe staffing arrangements.

“It is the firmly held view of midwives that the HSE has only paid lip service to the WRC implementation process since last November, has reneged on a review of a need for additional porters and failed to date to allocate additional clerical staff and healthcare assistants.

“Our members have nothing personally to gain by speaking out except securing a safe, quality and appropriately staffed maternity service for mothers and babies. It is of significant concern to frontline midwives that the ongoing clinical risks at the hospital due to a shortage of staff and high elective induction rates are left unaddressed.”

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