It looks as if the implosion of the different dispensations will begin in N Ireland where, without leadership and government for some years, the health budget and the recruitment are both broken. It would be kinder to bring in co-payments immediately… than to let more and more people suffer.
NHSreality appreciates that the 4 health services in the UK are all dependent on overseas staffing. We will need these people for a lot longer yet…
Northern Ireland nurses are chronically stressed, suffering sleepless nights and pushed to the brink of exhaustion – with some even ending up crying in hospital sluice rooms.
The shocking revelation comes as the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) prepares for strike action, amid a dispute around staffing and pay, for the first time in its 103-year history.
Such an unprecedented move “goes against the grain of every single carer in the profession”, an experienced frontline nurse and RCN Northern Ireland board member told the Belfast Telegraph.
But Helen McNeilly said her colleagues – who number around 8,000 – have been pushed into making the difficult and highly contentious decision to down tools on December 18, after a two-week ‘work to rule’ period leading up to that date.
“Nurses are telling us there isn’t enough staff to deal with the ever-increasing number of patients that need to be treated… and they feel the whole system is close to collapse,” said Helen.
“Nurses are working 13-hour shifts without breaks, they’re stressed and they’re having sleepless nights worrying about work.
“Not only are they lucky if they get a 20-minute break during a shift that lasts from 7.30am until 8.30pm, many are then staying late to complete documentation and quite often that’s unclaimed overtime.