Up to 100 nurses, INMO members, at Mayo University Hospital took part in a lunchtime protest today outside the hospital to highlight what they term “excessive workloads and staffing pressure”.
Nursing staff claim that they are unable to take adequate breaks or use their annual leave due to their excessive workloads, and that despite formal grievances raised to the Saolta hospital group, no improvements have been made to their working conditions.
The union is calling for a robust set of proposals to be urgently provided by the Saolta group and hospital management in order to bring the issue to conciliation at the Workplace Relations Commission.
The majority of nurses taking part in today’s protest were on their day off, so they were not impacting on the care of patients in the hospital.
These were two of the placard carrying nurses in front on Mayo University Hospital at lunchtime today…
Two local councillors stood with the protesting nurses on today’s lunchtime protest – Independent cllr Michael Kilcoyne and FF’s Blackie Gavin
Anne Burke is the INMO Industrial Relations Officer for Galway, Mayo and Roscommon, Midwest News asked her what the lunchtime protest hoped to achieve..
Mayo University Hospital is run by the Saolta Hospital Group, and in a statement today it says “it understands and regret the ongoing pressures facing nursing staff across their sites, including at Mayo University Hospital”.
Management say the improvement of nursing staff levels,is a priority for management within the hospital and within the Saolta Group.
It admits that the ED at Mayo University Hospital has been extremely busy with higher numbers of people attending over the past few months, resulting in high numbers on trolleys.
In addition to this, a surge in Covid admissions has impacted on the capacity to deal with both Covid and non-Covid admissions.
Chief Director of Nursing at the Saolta Group Paul Hooton spoke to Midwest News journalist John Morley and said a significant recruitment campaign is ongoing across the group and at Mayo University Hospital at present.