Kerry General Hospital staffed in line with authorised ceiling

Kerry General Hospital is staffed in line with its authorised ceiling of 408 full time nurses, according to the Minister Of State at The Department of Health and Children. At present there is one unfilled permanent post at the hospital and a number of temporary vacancies due to sick leave, maternity leave and other forms of absence.Yesterday the INO said the staffing crisis at the hospital was so acute that it may lead to bed closures if the HSE fail to provide additional nursing posts. Minister of State Tim O Malley says recruitment efforts for temporary nurses is on going. He also said the recent opening of the school of nursing at The Institute Of Technology in Tralee will contribute to the staffing of the hospital.