INMO has expressed concerns over overcrowding and staffing levels at Tallaght Hospital
Tallaght Hospital CEO David Slevin said it was not the case that the health of patients was under threat.
The Irish Nurses and Midwives’ Organisation has expressed grave concerns about overcrowding and staffing levels at the Dublin hospital.
Speaking on RTÉ’s Morning Ireland, Derek Reilly, INMO Industrial Relations Officer, said the situation in Tallaght was unsafe.
“This year alone there were some 348 patients on trolleys in Tallaght Hospital.
“This is despite the HIQA report in 2012, which stated this practice did not provide dignity for the patients there”.
A meeting with hospital management is to take place tomorrow to discuss the concerns.
Tallaght Hospital has cancelled some non-urgent surgery and day case procedures due to overcrowding pressures in the emergency department.
Mr Reilly added that while he has full confidence in the staff of Tallaght Hospital, the Emergency Department is not fit for purpose.
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