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FactCheck: Does Ireland have the highest Covid-19 infection rate for healthcare workers in the world?
The claim was made by INMO General Secretary, Phil Ní Sheaghdha.
'An absolute scandal': Ireland has the highest Covid infection rate for healthcare workers in the world, committee told
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar this evening suggested that the figures provided by the INMO were wrong.
# Childcare
Childcare providers warn of reduced capacity and need for longterm financial support
Operators said additional staff will be needed to manage the extra Covid-19 health and safety requirements.
# Coronavirus
88% of healthcare workers with Covid-19 got the virus at work
The INMO wants Covid-19 to be classed as a personal injury under health and safety legislation.
# covid committee
Taking over private hospitals during the Covid-19 crisis will cost roughly €300 million
‘A fire alarm went off and we sent four fire tenders, and people are saying now we should only have sent three,’ the secretary general said.
# Coronavirus
'Something is going wrong on the frontlines': Union demands urgent inquiry into healthcare worker infection rates
7,943 healthcare workers have tested positive for the virus so far.
All nursing graduates to be guaranteed jobs amid Covid-19 crisis
In a letter, the HSE informed nursing interns that they would all be guaranteed a job.
# Front Line
Childcare for healthcare workers - how a promised scheme failed to materialse
The government announced that a childcare scheme for healthcare workers had to be scrapped.
# covid19
'Surprisingly old-fashioned': Union says government childcare offer 'does nothing' for vast majority of nurses
The INMO pointed out that many of its members are lone parents or have partners who are also working on the frontline.
New guidance extends use of face masks among healthcare workers
The move has been welcomed by the INMO.
Almost one in ten diagnosed cases of Covid-19 in Ireland are nurses
According to the INMO, Ireland faces one of the highest rates of diagnosed healthcare worker infection in Europe.
# Coronavirus
Tracked: How HSE advice to healthcare workers has shifted during the Covid-19 crisis
From pregnancy to isolation, advice to staff has changed significantly since January.
# warning
New WHO report warns that there is a global shortage of nurses
The study was compiled before Covid-19 and calls for greater investment in nursing.
# Coronavirus
INMO set to meet health officials to discuss proposed shared accommodation for healthcare staff
The union said that it hadn’t yet been consulted on the proposal.
# Coronavirus
INMO calls on HSE to pay student nurses and midwives during Covid-19 outbreak
Hundreds of student nurses are set to begin their unpaid work placements this month.
# Covid-19
Council to implement identification system for healthcare worker vehicles to prevent clamping
There have been a number of reports in recent days of healthcare workers at hospitals having their cars clamped while they were working overtime.
# Coronavirus
HSE 'lifts recruitment freeze on nurses' amid concerns of Covid-19 threat to health service
A representative of nurses in Ireland said that not cancelling St Patrick’s Day “puts too much strain on our public health service”.
Dr Anthony O'Connor: History matters, but the record numbers on trolleys should trump commemoration debates
Why are we fighting the battles of the past rather than honouring the ideals of the Republic?
# Overcrowding
'I'm exhausted': Frustration in the Mater Hospital's 'rammed' Emergency Department
The Mater was the hospital with the highest number of patients on trolleys in Dublin yesterday morning, according to the INMO.
# Health Service
It's the worst ever day for trolley overcrowding in Irish hospitals since records began, INMO says
There were 92 patients waiting for a bed at University Hospital Limerick, alone.
# flu season
Overcrowding in Cork hospitals leads to cancellation of some surgeries
The overcrowding has been made worse by flu season, according to the HSE.
# Overcrowding
HSE can't 'willy-nilly' hire whoever they want, Harris says
The government has repeatedly said a recruitment freeze is not in operation.
# waiting
More than 200 patients waiting on trolleys in Irish hospitals on Christmas Eve
The number is down from the more than 400 who were waiting for a bed yesterday morning.
# compensation
HSE to pay €30,000 to nurses over 'stress caused' by delay in publishing report into bullying claims
The order was made by the Workplace Relations Commission.
# Trolley crisis
Trolley numbers for this year are the highest since records began, INMO says
The INMO said today that over 108,300 people have gone without beds so far this year.
# uhl
'Bespoke plan' needed as Limerick hospital continues to break overcrowding record
Some 85 patients were without beds in University Hospital Limerick this morning.
# Trolley Watch
Total number of patients without hospital beds soars to 100,000
This is only the second time that the annual figures have surpassed 100,000.
# Overcrowding
'Obscene': 679 patients waiting for hospital bed - the highest figure in 2019
The number of patients on trolleys is the second highest ever recorded.
Over 1,300 nursing and midwifery posts in Irish hospitals are being left vacant
One in six midwifery posts are being left vacant.
# Trolley Watch
INMO reveals 'worst ever' July for Emergency Department as 9,439 waited for a bed
Among the 9,439 patients were 45 children.
# nurses strike
Nurses and midwives vote to accept deal to end industrial dispute
Members of the INMO voted 62% in favour of accepting the proposals.
# Trolley Watch
Worst April on record as 10,000 people forced to wait on hospital trolleys and chairs last month
Some 106 children were among those waiting without a bed.
# uhl
'Patients at risk': Nurses ask health committee to investigate overcrowding at Limerick hospital
The letter states the hospital is in a ‘constant state of overcrowding’.
# Labour Court
'No longer anything to fear': INMO calls on members to accept proposals to resolve pay strike
It follows a Labour Court recommendation in the INMO’s favour.
# crisis
Harris to raise issue of 'significant discrepancy' in trolley count at meeting between INMO and HSE
There were 81 patients waiting on trolleys at University Hospital Limerick according to the INMO.
'I'm dying, but I want to thank the nurses': Dozens write to Taoiseach to support nurses' strike
A number of people wrote to Leo Varadkar during last month’s strike.
# nurses strike
Talks between INMO and government to return to Labour Court as union rejects new nurses' deal
The negotiations come after nurses went on general strike for a number of days last month.
'There are always consequences': Minister responds to claim teachers may seek pay rise following recommendation on nurses
The ongoing nurses’ strike was suspended on Monday following a Labour Court recommendation on pay and conditions.
# Back to Work
Nursing pay deal set to cost €10-€15 million this year and €30-€35 million in 2020
Finance Minister Donohoe has said that the Labour Court recommendations are “consistent with the public sector stability agreement”.
# suspended strikes
'Think of us as you tuck into your turkey': Letters reveal nurses' fury at Varadkar over annual leave comments
Strikes planned for this week were suspended after Labour Court intervention yesterday evening.