University Maternity Hospital Limerick
MIDWIVES at the University Maternity Hospital Limerick have voted “unanimously” in favour of balloting for industrial action over staffing concerns.
On Wednesday afternoon, the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation announced its intention to ballot, which will take place over the next three weeks.
The trade union has been calling for an additional 30 staff at the Ennis Road hospital since January 2015, INMO spokesperson Mary Fogarty said this week.
The UL Hospitals Group stated that it has taken on 14 staff, and is currently in the process of recruiting the remaining 16 staff.
However, Ms Fogarty said that, while 14 people have been recruited, “a large number of people have left”.
She said that she was recently notified by management that there were 20 temporary vacancies at UMHL, which include people on sick leave and maternity leave.
“There has been no real net increase in staff numbers,” she added.
CEO Colette Cowan said it is “operating in a challenging recruitment environment, as is the case for all Hospital Groups”.
“We remain committed to hiring more midwives, nurses and other staff as agreed last November, and will continue in our efforts to do this whilst remaining in regular, monthly contact with the unions throughout this important process,” she previously said in a statement.