Fianna Fáil TD for Mayo Lisa Chambers has hit out at the HSE after staff at Mayo University Hospital were told to bring their own water to work following a boil water notice, which was introduced at the weekend.  Staff are annoyed at the move and want management to continue to provide water as would be normal practice.

Deputy Chambers commented, “Staff at Mayo University Hospital are right to be annoyed by the way management have reacted to this boil water notice.  Many of them work long shifts and are under immense pressure and do not have the time to be going out buying bottles of water.  Water has always been available for staff consumption and this should remain the case throughout the boil notice period.

“What’s worse is that staff from the catering department were sent out to buy bottled water for patients and were specifically told that it was not for staff consumption.  They were then told that they would have to buy their own water.  This is not only an added expense; it could also pose a contamination risk for patients if bottles are being left around the hospital.

“Staff at Mayo University Hospital already go above and beyond their duties.  The fact that management is now telling them to buy their own water is mean and petty and will do nothing to improve morale among front line workers.  I would urge the HSE to reconsider this decision and begin providing water for staff as well as patients”.