Beaumont nurses in work to rule

The hospital said 29 patients were awaiting admission to the
department this morning, with that figure down to 16 by 2pmThe
hospital said 29 patients were awaiting admission to the department
this morning, with that figure down to 16 by 2pm

GENEVIEVE CARBERY

Nurses at Beaumont Hospital began a work to rule today over the
placement of emergency patients on trolleys in ward areas to ease
overcrowding.

The action by the Irish Nurses and Midwives’ Organisation followed the
move by Beaumont Hospital management to deal with a large number of
emergency department admissions .

The industrial action means that nurses will not accept or make
phonecalls regarding management functions and will only take calls
about clinical matters. This action will continue until the trolleys
are removed from wards, the union said.

In a statement Beaumont Hospital said the emergency department was
under “severe pressure”following the bank holiday weekend.

The hospital said 29 patients were awaiting admission to the
department this morning, with that figure down to 16 by 2pm. The
department “remains under considerable pressure”the statement said.

Ten additional beds were provided on wards to help the emergency
department cope, and two of these were overnight, the hospital said.
No extra beds were added this evening, the statement added.

“Overcrowding the hospital was not a solution to the issue of
admissions through the emergency department,” Noel Treanor, union
industrial relations officer, said.

The industrial action is “aimed at sustaining safe patient care in an
unsafe environment,” Mr Treanor said.

The action also includes nurses not attending bed management meetings,
which take place off the wards, and nurses not transferring patients
to private beds from wards. Both of these elements will continue until
de-escalation is agreed, he said.

Union representatives are due to meet with hospital management at
midday tomorrow.

Comment: We are in a national existential crisis. When in a war – we
as a people must do what we have to do. Nurses may strike but doctors
will have to treat people in trolleys even in wards..I know it’s
dangerous or ‘suboptimal’ That’s life. Better to be treated than not
treated. What should we do – tell the people to go away?