Controversial HSE memo comes to light at University Hospital Kerry meeting

A controversial HSE memo on freeing up ward beds first came to light at a regional meeting at University Hospital Kerry.

hospital bed trolley from Pixabay

The memo, issued to hospital managers in October, indicated that a patient who refused to leave a bed could be removed by a nurse using minimum force.

The HSE said the memo is not a policy.

The Health Minister said the document, which has been rescinded, is utterly offensive and unacceptable.

Industrial Relations Officer with the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation Michael Dineen said it is an outrageous document:


Meanwhile, the INMO is balloting members for industrial action on various issues including staffing issues.

Michael Dineen says since the staff recruitment embargo around 4,000 nursing positions have been lost while patient numbers increase.

Mr Dineen says up to a hundred nursing posts are needed at University Hospital Kerry.

He says working conditions for nurses around the country is exploitative at this point: