'Lives are at risk' - Patients Association call for swift resolution to nurses dispute

'Lives are at risk' - Patients Association call for swift resolution to nurses dispute
Spokesperson for the Irish Patients Association Stephen McMahon

The Irish Patients Association says patients lives are at risk if the proposed strike by nurses goes ahead at the end of the month.

Their comments come after the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisations announced yesterday that 37,000 of their members will walk off the job on the January 30 with further stoppages planned for February.

The union says members are fed up dealing with low pay and poor working conditions.

Spokesperson for the Irish Patients Association Stephen McMahon says the onus is now on all party's to fix this situation as soon as possible:

"At the end of the day, patients lives are at risk should this go forward.

"There are already risky situations for patients with the overcrowding in our (Emergency) Departments. If you start to pull out nurses from other services within the hospital system - it's really like a nuclear meltdown.

"The onus is on all of hte key players to sit down around the table and even include the Government to resolve this

More on this topic

Nurses take industrial action in Northern Ireland over payNurses take industrial action in Northern Ireland over pay

Three in five nurses vote to accept Labour Court proposalsThree in five nurses vote to accept Labour Court proposals

Majority of nurses see contract as ‘good deal’Majority of nurses see contract as ‘good deal’

INMO recommends that members vote for Labour Court proposalsINMO recommends that members vote for Labour Court proposals


More in this Section

Gardaí investigating passport fraud make an arrest in DublinGardaí investigating passport fraud make an arrest in Dublin

Report calls for the abolition of direct provisionReport calls for the abolition of direct provision

Finance Minister 'trying to hide' €24m payment to Aer Lingus and RyanairFinance Minister 'trying to hide' €24m payment to Aer Lingus and Ryanair

NI parties clash over Brexit and Westminster representation during TV debateNI parties clash over Brexit and Westminster representation during TV debate


Lifestyle

Lizzo, Demi Lovato and Ashley Graham are among those prompting us to practise a little more self-love.5 times celebrities reminded us to be body positive in 2019

Wondering about wine for the big day? Leslie Williams has all the options, for every taste and budget.Something from the bar: The perfect drink selections this Christmas

Damon Smith faces the might of the First Order on the exhilarating Star Wars Rise Of The Resistance attraction at Walt Disney World in Orlando.Feeling the Force in Florida: Star Wars Rise Of The Resistance attraction opens at Walt Disney World

There’s nothing better than curling up with a good book over the Christmas holidays, says Kya deLongchamps.By the book: Our top home and interiors picks to curl up with over the festive season

More From The Irish Examiner