‘Motion a welcome opportunity to support nurses’ – Brady

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Wednesday, February 5th, 2014
Sinn Féin MLA and Health Committee member Mickey Brady has welcomed the opportunity to discuss nursing in a motion of support in the Assembly. Speaking to Newry Times, Brady said, “It is well known that our nursing staff are highly trained professionals that provide us with a great service. “However the profession is being put under more and more pressure due to understaffing and incidents such as attacks on staff. I welcomed the opportunity to discuss these matters in Tuesday’s motion offering our support to nurses. “It is important that the Minister now takes on board addressing the deficit in the numbers of nurses employed by the various Trusts and in shift patterns as it is proven that people are more at risk at weekends. “Equally it is important that we send the message that we want to fix the pressures they endure by supporting them in putting measures in place that protect them in their place of work,” he continued. “In a report by the Regulation and Quality Improvement Authority, it found that there were differences between hospitals in the availability of services, staff, policies and procedures, communication arrangements and access to information for patients. Brady added, “They made 29 recommendations to improve the service and work practices of nurses and I would call on the Minister Edwin Poots to implement these recommendations as soon as possible.”
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