Limerick Fianna Fáil TD Niall Collins has called on the Minister for Health Dr James Reilly to meet with nurses from the Mid Western Regional Hospital Limerick when they travel to Government Buildings in Dublin next Wednesday.
Deputy Collins has expressed his disappointment that talks between nursing unions and the HSE have not yet produced a resolution to this escalating dispute.
The Limerick TD said: “It is extremely disappointing that we have reached the stage where nurses feel they have to travel to Dublin to get the attention of the Minister for Health James Reilly. The Minister has attempted to wash his hands completely of what is going on at MWRH, and has refused to even visit the hospital since taking up office more than six months ago. This is in complete contrast to his over-eagerness to promise the sun, moon and stars during the general election campaign.
“The Minister’s complete lack of action and his refusal to accept any responsibility has fuelled the crisis at MWRH. The nurses, who have been ignored by the Minister so far, are travelling to the Department of Health, the HSE and the office of the Taoiseach next Wednesday in an attempt to get this Government to take the overcrowding crisis seriously.
“Minister James Reilly must use this opportunity to meet the nurses and listen to what they have to say. They see every day how patient safety is being put at risk by needless overcrowding at MWRH. This dispute must be resolved urgently in the interests of the patients.”