The Workers’ Party has reacted to a report from the INMO which states that infection rates in hospitals are ‘out of control’.

Éilis Ryan, Workers’ Party Dublin Central said “Currently over 5,4000 health workers now have Covid with as many as 2,000 contracting it in work. The Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation have stated that safety standards must be improved urgently, including high-standard FFP2 masks in place of the basic surgical masks currently used.”

“Healthcare workers have continuously placed themselves and their families at great risk to protect lives. It is vital they have the necessary safety measures in place to protect them. Already too many healthcare workers have died as a result of poor health and safety.”

“The INMO are correct to refer this as a complaint to the Health and Safety Authority. Considering the production issues with the vaccine and the significant reduction in doses due to be received safety becomes even more vital to the health and wellbeing of our frontline workers. It is also essential that regular testing takes place and an increase from one to two metres between beds is necessary.”

“It is worrying and disappointing that almost one year on the same issues continue to arise. The HSE have a responsibility to work with unions and ensure the safety of all frontline staff. Reliance on the vaccine is not enough to protect our frontline workers.”