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The issues of nursing shortages at CUH was raised at the February meeting of the CUH Executive Management Board, minutes of which were seen by the Medical Independent (MI) following a Freedom of Information request.
“Both the Oncology Ward and Dunmanway Unit have a shortage of nursing staff,” read the minutes.
It was also noted that “all areas of the hospital are experiencing nursing shortages, with oncology-trained nurses particularly difficult to recruit.” It was noted that local interviews were taking place to try and “alleviate the problem”.
“CUH is currently, as with all acute hospitals, experiencing nursing shortages,” a CUH spokesperson told MI.
“CUH management is currently exploring all recruitment options and monitoring the situation on a daily basis.
“CUH has advertised in the last month for oncology-trained nurses. The competition has closed and we will be proceeding to interview candidates for posts in CUH.”
CUH is the largest university teaching hospital in Ireland and is the only level 1 trauma centre in the country due to the presence of over 40 different medical and surgical specialties on the campus.