Study reveals low level of Irish nursing staff

New research shows Irish hospitals have significantly lower levels of nursing staff than British institutions.

The independent study carried out by Dr Kevin Hurst, editor of the International Journal of Health Care Quality Assurance, found that in the average 25-bed surgery ward, Irish hospitals had six less staff than British hospitals.

It also found that the number of nurses in Irish Admission and Assessment Units had 13 less staff than their UK equivalents.

Medical wards and elderly care units each had three less staff than UK hospitals.

General Secretary of the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation Liam Doran said this research should act as a wake up call for the Government.

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