Industrial Action By ICU Nurses At UHL Suspended


Industrial action of work to rule which began last week at University Hospital Limerick’s (UHL) intensive care unit is suspended following a proposal agreed between the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) and UHL.

INMO Assistant Director of Relations Mary Fogarty says the decision to suspend action is to allow a ballot to take place on an agreement reached between the INMO and hospital management through the guidance of the Workplace Relations Commission.

Ms Fogarty says the agreement reached is a temporary to tackle staffing shortfalls that is impacting both patient and staff safety in the ICU.

The agreement includes a commitment to have a minimum of 16 nurses will be be rostered in for both day and night duty for the 12-bed ward. Also ICU nurses will be facilitated to take their annual leave and that additional nurses will be on site in mid-summer.