HSO gives undertaking to address staff shortages at Kerry General

The Health Service Executive Southern Area has given an undertaking to initiate a review to address staff shortages at Kerry General Hospital. At a meeting with representatives from the Irish Nurses Organisation, the HSE acknowledged there is a problem at the hospital. The former Southern Health Board carried out a staffing review in 2001 but it was never implemented and the INO says there is now a crisis at Kerry General Hospital.A request has been made for the HSE to implement the 2001 staff review in tandem with the new review that has been promised but the INO has been told that this is not possible and that a fresh approach to addressing the shortage of nurses is needed. A spokesperson for the nurses in Kerry says both sides are due to re-convene talks at the Labour Relations Commission in October. It will not be until then that the terms of reference for the staff review will be discussed.