New manager, and call for more nurses

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The Midlands Regional Hospital needs more nursing staff, but the Health Service Exective (HSE) was able to fill a senior management position in the hospital last week, according to Deputy Brian Stanley

The Midlands Regional Hospital needs more nursing staff, but the Health Service Exective (HSE) was able to fill a senior management position in the hospital last week, according to Deputy Brian Stanley

The Sinn Féin TD is calling for the immediate recruitment of 19 extra midwife/nursing staff for Portlaoise Hospital to bring it into line with internationally recognised midwife-to-birth ratios.

The midwife-to-birth ratio in Portlaoise is almost double international standards, according to the Sinn Fein TD.

Deputy Stanley said, “The internationally recognised midwife-to-birth ratio is 1:29.5 births while in Portlaoise Hospital it’s approx 1:50.”

“The unit urgently requires an additional 19 midwives to reach the recommended level. Clearly the safety of expectant mothers and newborns is now being compromised due to the level of staff cutbacks and shortages in all hospitals.

Last week, the numbers waiting on trollies for beds in the hospital remained in double figures, with a total of 66 people overall last week.

Deputy Stanley claimed that extra staff would allow some closed beds to re-open.

The Portlaoise TD concluded,

“Minister Kathleen Lynch said ‘We have always had the money we needed to recruit. We probably have a surplus in that fund because we have not been able to recruit the people that we wanted to recruit.’ If that is the case I’m asking her what she has done to recruit the required nursing staff for Portlaoise Hospital. We urgently need additional midwives to ensure high quality patient care and this is the least that patients can expect.

Last Wednesday (January 21), the Dublin-Midlands Hospital Group (DMHG) announced the appointment of Michael Knowles as General Manager of Portlaoise hospital.

Mr Knowles has been in hospital management for 30 years and has been the General Manager of Naas hospital for 15 years.

He was seconded from Naas Hospital to manage Portlaoise Hospital Maternity Services last February (2014).

“I welcome the appointment of Michael Knowles,” said Minister Charlie Flanagan. “Dr Susan O’Reilly, CEO, Dublin Midlands Hospital Group, has confirmed that this is one of a number of measures that will strengthen managerial and staffing structures at the hospital. It is essential that the measures undertaken ensure quality of care for the patients and restore confidence in the hospital as a whole. There are a number of other developments planned for the hospital that will underline the importance of Portlaoise Hospital within the Dublin Midlands Hospital Group.”

Dr Susan O’Reilly, CEO, Dublin Midlands Hospital Group, has confirmed that this is one of a number of measures that will strengthen managerial and staffing structures at the hospital. It is essential that the measures undertaken ensure

Susan O’Reilly, Chief Executive of the Group, said the appointment was one of of a range of organisational changes planned for the Midland Hospital Portlaoise and the Dublin Midlands Hospital Grou