Nurses can't be expected to go on sacrificing their free time to cover up for lack of staff at Mullingar Hospital.
That's the message from a nurse manager who was taking part in a protest at the hospital today over a chronic lack of staff there. The INMO says they've engaged with the HSE for the last two weeks in an effort to resolve the situation.
The nursing union says beds at the hospital should be closed in the short term in an effort to lessen the workload for staff and thus improve safety for patients.
Understaffing and compromised care are NOT OK!#Mullingar nurses protesting outside the hospital today say, “we simply don’t have the staff to do the job safely. We’ve got a brilliant team, but we’re at our wits’ end.”
Enough is enough! pic.twitter.com/rIdWd2VCx0
— Irish Nurses & Midwives Organisation (@INMO_IRL) July 19, 2021
Sharon Hunt who's from Longford and who's worked in Mullingar for the past 15 years says she can't go on asking people to come in on their days off to cover shifts…