Nurses And Midwives To Vote On Possible Strike Action In University Hospital Limerick

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The Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation is to commence a ballot of Intensive Care Unit nurses in University Hospital Limerick in pursuance of safe staffing. 

INMO Assistant Director of Relations, Mary Fogarty says after exhausting negotiations at local level, the union has been mandated by members to commence a ballot for industrial action in the Intensive Care Unit in UHL.

Ms Fogarty says the issues the regional hospital have been well documented and that a lack of consistent safe staffing in the intensive care unit is having a detrimental impact on the physical and mental wellbeing of our members working in this unit and their patients. 

The local rep believes hospital management have failed to provide an appropriate contingency plan to address the nurse deficits in the ICU and the enablement of outstanding annual leave, time off In Lieu to be taken and/or paid to nurses as requested.

The ballot will take place over the coming weeks, and hospital management will be notify of the outcome.