Fianna Fáil TD for Cavan-Monaghan Niamh Smyth says she is deeply concerned to receive confirmation that the number of vacancies has increased within the Cavan and Monaghan Hospital Group since August. The bulk of the vacancies are in nursing.
The figures came to light following a Parliamentary Question from Deputy Smyth.
“The RCSI Hospital Group has informed me that there are 42 vacancies across the two hospitals in Cavan and Monaghan, the majority of which are in nursing”, said Deputy Smyth.
“I understand from speaking with staff on my visit to Cavan Hospital with our Health Spokesperson Stephen Donnelly that efforts are underway locally to try and attract nurses to the smaller hospitals. In August I asked the same question and overall there were 38 vacancies. This has now increased to 42. In August 2018 22 nursing positions were vacant, this has now increased to 23.”
Deputy Smyth says, “The government needs to examine why we cannot attract nurses back to our local hospitals. I have been told that it’s due to the work load and the stress of the job. The terms and conditions being offered by the HSE are also significantly less attractive than what is available in other countries.
“The workload expected of our healthcare professionals is becoming untenable. Nurses in particular have asked for the availability of flexi-time to create a better work-life balance. Figures released to me via a Parliamentary Question recently showed that 25,340 people attended the Emergency Department at Cavan General for the first 9 months of this year. That was an increase of 2.9% on the same period last year.
“I have been informed by the RCSI Hospital Group that along with the 23 nursing positions there are 2 vacancies in Medical/Dental, 9 positions free in Health Care and Professionals, 2 in Management Administration, 5 in General Support Staff and 1 in Patient and Client Care.
“I am urging the Health Minister, along with the RCSI Group, to fill these vacancies without delay so that staff and patients can have full confidence in the care that is being provided at Cavan and Monaghan General Hospitals. Already over three months have passed and their appears to be no progress. I am very concerned as we approach a critical time for staff and patients with figures attending set to increase yet again. ”