Health union calls for end to recruitment freeze

Ireland

The INMO nurses’ and midwives’ union has called on the Health Service Executive (HSE) to end the moratorium on recruiting frontline patient-facing staff. The HSE has revealed that emergency department attendances are up 13% compared to the same period in 2023 and 452 patients were admitted to hospital without a bed on a single day earlier this month. INMO warns that its members are bearing the brunt of public disappointment and in some cases aggression for the state of the health service while working in extremely challenging environments. The union says that staff who are leaving because of retirement or for other reasons are not being replaced and this is having an extremely damaging impact on patient safety and staff morale. INMO argues that the HSE recruitment freeze is going to have detrimental outcomes on patient care in the long-term but also on the ability to retain staff into the future.  

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