WRC Meeting on Dingle Beds in January
Statement by Brendan Griffin TD (FG) Kerry
Saturday, December 17th 2016
KERRY Fine Gael TD, Brendan Griffin, has been told that the issue of staffing levels at West Kerry Community Hospital is to be discussed at a meeting under the auspices of the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) in January.
Deputy Griffin received the news in a response from the HSE further to a parliamentary question regarding the delay in opening 8 additional beds at West Kerry Community Hospital.
HSE Chief Officer, Ger Reaney, said that the HSE is anxious to resolve the matter, due to demands on acute hospitals in the Southwest, particularly UHK, and the high numbers of older people seeking placement in West Kerry Community Hospital.
Mr. Reaney also said that the nurses and their representative body have refused to enter into negotiations regarding staffing of the 8 new beds until staffing levels for the existing 46 beds is increased. The HSE says that staffing levels for the existing 46 beds are in line with similar facilities in Cork and Kerry and are in line with the recommendations in the National Social Care Division.
Deputy Griffin said:
“I encourage HSE management and the nurses’ representatives to engage with each other to try to reach agreement so that the hospital will reach the 54 bed mark as soon as possible, given the demand for beds at West Kerry Community Hospital.
“It is proving very difficult for people from the Dingle Peninsula to obtain a bed locally and the extra 8 beds in Dingle would greatly help to reduce waiting lists.
“I welcome the upcoming WRC meeting on January 19th and hope it will help the process of getting the beds opened.”
Please see HSE response to Dail Question attached.
Further info from Brendan on 087 6528841