Senator Pádraig Mac Lochlainn

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80% of new nursing posts at Letterkenny University Hospital delayed due to the Recruitment Embargo- Less than half of overall posts

Posted on: Friday, November 1, 2019

80% of new nursing posts at Letterkenny University Hospital delayed due to the Recruitment Embargo- Less than half of overall posts
“The true and scandalous impact of the government’s embargo is now revealed”- Senator Pádraig Mac Lochlainn
Donegal Sinn Féin Senator Pádraig Mac Lochlainn has responded angrily to the revelation that only one in five nursing posts at Letterkenny University Hospital have been signed off on since May 1st, this year, due to the government’s health service recruitment embargo.
Senator Mac Lochlainn had asked the Minister for Health to confirm how many posts at the hospital had been submitted for national approval since the recruitment embargo commenced earlier this year and how many had been signed off on. 
Senator Mac Lochlainn said:
“This response confirms what I had been hearing from the nurses, doctors and staff at the hospital over recent times. This response reveals the true and scandalous impact of the government’s health service embargo on our major county hospital.
Of 19 nursing posts applied for, only four have been sanctioned (one in five). Of 69.5 overall staffing posts applied for, only 29.5 have been sanctioned (less than half). The serious impact of these willful blockages by the Minister and his department and HSE senior officials is felt every day across the hospital.
Growing numbers of patients awaiting inpatient beds and growing numbers of people awaiting outpatient and inpatient hospital appointments and operations.
And impossibly difficult working conditions for our nurses, doctors and support staff”.
“Again, I call on the Minister to end the recruitment embargo at Letterkenny University Hospital and to take the pressure of the team across the hospital campus. This is a shameful embargo and it is an embargo that amounts to a broken promise from the Minister to reopen all the beds in the hospital’s Short Stay Ward. A year old promise now.
My campaign to get all of these beds reopened with additional nurses and doctors, will continue until Minister Simon Harris keeps his word”.
ENDS

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