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Last week
19th November 2023 - 25th November 2023
Nurses at St John's Hospital to take industrial action as HSE maintains recruitment freeze
The INMO says staffing shortages have put “exceptional” levels of pressure on workers.
This month
November 2023
Over 1,000 hospital consultants sign up to new public-only contract
Under the new contract, consultants can be asked to work 8am to 10pm Monday to Friday and 8am to 6pm Saturday as part of their core 37-hour week.
HSE recruitment freeze extended for almost all categories
HSE chief Bernard Gloster said the service is on course to “exceed its funded workforce target”.
Last month
October 2023
Staff at new Children's Hospital may be housed at Crumlin hospital
CHI is struggling to find accommodation for staff amid the ongoing housing crisis.
Children's Health Ireland is struggling to find accommodation for staff amid the ongoing housing crisis, Órla Ryan reports
The INMO says housing is "becoming one of the biggest barriers to recruiting and retaining nurses and midwives"
Dublin could become a medical centre of excellence, if we can recruit and house enough staff, one senator says
New Children's Hospital won't open until April 2025 at the earliest
University Limerick Hospital group issues apology over record-breaking overcrowding levels
The hospital group said overcrowding levels are ‘far in excess of where we want to be’.
Crunch talks at WRC today ahead of health and community workers' strike tomorrow
Up to 5,000 workers have voted to strike “indefinitely” from tomorrow.
September 2023
Eating disorder services nurse says getting paid properly by the HSE is a 'constant battle'
The Dublin-based nurse said HSE payroll issues have seen him left with €200 for two week spells, and struggling to pay rent.
Health and community workers to strike 'indefinitely' from 17 October over staffing concerns
The unions said the sector is facing a “crisis” in staff recruitment and retention.
Sligo woman spent over 24 hrs on trolley in hospital hallway after life-threatening asthma attack
School teacher barely slept and couldn’t shower over four days in an emergency department.
Nursing body says overcrowding in hospitals making it 'impossible' to provide safe care
Over 5,210 patients, including 100 children, have been without a bed in Irish hospitals since the beginning of September.
Donnelly: Emergency Department Taskforce will meet next Monday
The Emergency Taskforce was formed in 2015 to tackle emergency department overcrowding.
This year
Worst August for hospital overcrowding since 2004, sparking fears for winter ahead
The INMO is of the view that the situation in Ireland’s hospitals is not being met with the “urgency or focus required”.
'Unheard, belittled and made feel small': Women still battling for maternity care choice
A report by
Maria Delaney
Noteworthy’s months-long investigation reveals inconsistent care and lack of choice leading to trauma and unnecessary medical interventions.
Over 20 women from all over Ireland spoke to our investigative team about their pregnancy and birth experiences
Despite some reform, women are still fighting to be heard, with many feeling that they are not in control of their care
Women are being treated differently due to local policies that impact how medicalised their birth will be
Rural home births may be restricted as HSE stands by 30-minute distance limit
Tide turning on water birth ban as Drogheda becomes third hospital to reinstate option
INMO head: Action needed now to prevent future Covid-19 surge
The comments come after the Taoiseach announced that Ireland was experiencing a new wave of the virus.
Taoiseach says Ireland is facing a 'new wave of Covid' but there is no need for restrictions
The HSE said that the variant is more transmissible than other strains, but there is no evidence suggesting that it causes more serious illness.
'Winter trolley numbers in May': INMO slam hospital wait times as almost 12,000 without beds
This month’s figures show the worst level of hospital overcrowding seen since the INMO began counting trolleys.
Over 800 nurses and midwives assaulted in first three months of 2023
Over 62% of all assaults reported to the HSE in the first quarter were carried out against nurses and midwives.
Industrial action by ICU nurses in University Hospital Limerick suspended
It follows the agreement of a proposal between the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation and UHL.
Limerick Hospital ICU nurses call for two beds to close until more staff are recruited
The nurses, who are members of the INMO, are now taking work-to-rule industrial action.
Donnelly in talks on establishing 'hospital-linked' accommodation for migrant nurses
The Health Minister said that he has spoken with hospital management about setting up accommodation for overseas staff in particular.
'I was punched in the face': ED nurse on why there's no appetite for strike but it may be 'only way'
Dublin-based nurse Moira Wynne said that the lack of homecare for older people is affecting the entire health service.
Nurses to vote on potential strike action as HSE and Government roll out new promises
The INMO Executive Council said that a fully funded staffing plan is needed to avoid the “catastrophic impact” of last winter.
More than seven in ten Irish nurses have considered quitting their jobs - INMO survey
Nurses mainly wanted to leave their workplace due to stress, while many also reported experiencing aggressive behaviour.
INMO call for Health and Safety Authority resources to protect healthcare staff from danger
INMO President Karen McGowan spoke on behalf of healthcare workers at a Workers’ Memorial Day event at the Garden of Rememberance.
Health unions seek urgent meeting with HSE on end of mandatory mask wearing in hospitals
There are concerns that lifting mandatory mask wearing could cause “friction” between those with different views in already overcrowded hospital wards.
Indian nurses recruited by HSE wait months in Ireland without their children before starting work
A report by
Eimer McAuley
Twenty-nine migrant nurses who were recruited to one Dublin hospital were promised six weeks of paid accommodation, and then told they would have to leave after a week on arrival.
Twenty-nine migrant nurses who were recruited to one Dublin hospital were promised six weeks of paid accommodation, and then told they would have to leave after a week on arrival.
One mother-of-two from India hasn't been able to find a house to rent so her family can join her, Eimer McAuley reports.
Overcrowding in Cork city hospitals described as 'out of control' and 'dangerous'
Overcrowding records were broken today in both Cork University Hospital and Mercy University Hospital.
Pay talks: Additional money for HSE funded agencies 'must go on worker's pay, not admin costs'
Trade unions are set to push the State to reclassify agency healthcare workers as public servants.
HSE issues warning about ‘additional pressure’ on emergency departments over St Patrick’s weekend
The HSE’s chief operations officer said St Patrick’s weekend ‘historically brings additional pressure’.
Mater Hospital advises patients to avoid its emergency department 'where possible'
A statement issued this evening said the hospital’s ‘services are under extreme pressure due to the large volume of patients’.
Tallaght Hospital advises people with 'non-urgent' needs to avoid its emergency department
Tallaght University Hospital said its ED is ‘extremely busy’ and is currently experiencing ‘high levels of attendance’.
At least 10 assaults on Irish hospital staff each day, committee to be told
The Oireachtas Health Committee will focus on assaults and attacks on healthcare workers.
INMO calls for full security review of hospitals following fatal Cork attack
The union said no security review has taken place since 2016.
Chief medical officer has not advocated for a mask mandate, says Taoiseach
Chief Medical Officer Prof Breda Smyth has urged the public to wear masks on public transport and in crowded places.
'Not acceptable' that people are dying due to overcrowding, says INMO
The former head of the HSE also stated today that overcrowding has become a permanent feature of the healthcare system.
INMO to consult with members on industrial action
The INMO general secretary said ‘what has transpired this week in our hospitals was totally avoidable’.
Pressure on hospitals due to respiratory illnesses will likely get worse, Donnelly says
Health Minister Stephen Donnelly said the HSE doesn’t believe that the flu wave has peaked.
INMO calls for return of mandatory mask-wearing in crowded settings amid record trolley numbers
Over 931 patients are without beds in Irish hospitals today – the highest number since records began in 2006.
Covid-19 and influenza cases continue to increase rapidly, while notifications of RSV are also increasing
A consultant at University Hospital Limerick said "conditions in many instances are inhumane"
Services at several hospitals around the country are under extreme pressure
Last year
Urgent health service demand at never before seen levels amid 'worst year' for hospital overcrowding
It comes amid a warning from the HSE that ‘demand for urgent health services is rising well above levels we have seen before’.
Taoiseach asks HSE to 'deploy all available resources' in response to respiratory viruses surge
Frontline healthcare workers ‘feel that they have been abandoned to a situation that was avoidable,’ the INMO’s general secretary said.
Taoiseach has said that HSE must deploy all available resources to combat virus surge.
HSE said they're seeing more people currently in hospital with Covid-19 than had been expected.