Fianna Fáil Seanad Spokesperson on Justice, Senator Lorraine Clifford-Lee has called on the Health Service Executive to respond to the surge population in North Dublin which has occurred in recent years by appointing more Public Health Nurses in the region.

Senator Clifford-Lee raised the matter with the Minister in Seanad Éireann earlier this afternoon.

The Fingal based Senator said, “Public Health Nurses provide a range of vital services to those of every age living in our community and in need of assistance. For instance, they visit mothers in the immediate days following the birth of their child and prove to be a crucial support to these women during the early days and weeks after birth which are overwhelming for most.

“Despite having a population of over 300,000, the HSE Dublin North area has just 64 Public Health Nurses. This is a rapidly growing area and there are already not enough of these nurses to provide assistance in the patient’s own home.

“I am concerned that the HSE is ignoring these changes in population and therefore failing to acknowledge the need for more Public Health Nurses to be appointed to our county. The increase that the Minister noted in his response today is just a drop in the ocean and no where near substantial enough to respond to people’s needs.

She concluded, “Until there is a real improvement in this situation, I will keep highlighting the need for an increase in Public Health Nurses in North Dublin.”