This week in the Dáil, while speaking under Topical Issues, Kerry Sinn Féin TD Martin Ferris called on the HSE to investigate the work practices and workloads of staff at University Hospital Kerry.
On the 29th of January I met with management at University Hospital Kerry to voice my concern surrounding workplace practices and low morale amongst staff there,” said Deputy Ferris.
“I requested this meeting on the back of numerous complaints made to me by staff across all departments.
“These staff are dedicated professionals who want to give the best service they can possibly give. They are unable to due to chronic understaffing and lack of resources; they are finding their work environment extremely stressful, so much so that some agency staff are refusing shifts at A&E due to the severe and over burdening workload there.
Stress Related Illnesses
“I am also told that several nurses are out of work due to stress related illnesses with more likely to follow,” Deputy Ferris continued.
“At the meeting I was given assurances that work place conditions were being addressed.
“In the meantime, Dr. Louis Keary, who is a renowned cardiologist, has signalled his intention to resign his position at University Hospital Kerry. I believe this is due to a lack of support.
Part Time Cardiologist
“This means the hospital will be operating with just one part time cardiologist tending to hundreds of heart patients. This is totally unacceptable to my constituents and would not nor should not be tolerated anywhere else.
“I am also told that several nurses are out of work due to stress related illnesses and more likely to follow.
“We have just had a review of 46,235 scans carried out by a consultant radiologist who no longer works at the hospital.
“We now need more than ever an investigation into work place practices and an examination of the workload of consultants and staff at the hospital.
“Morale of staff is, in my opinion, at an all-time low and the problems cannot be left fester any longer,” Deputy Ferris concluded.
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