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Nurses Who Are Self Isolating Are Being Asked To Come Back Early

Kim Buckley
Kim Buckley

10:25 AM - 18 Nov 2020



Some nurses who are self-isolating at home are being asked to come back early due to staffing pressures in hospitals.

That's according to the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation, which says there's not enough surveillance testing of medical workers being carried out.

At Naas Hospital in Co. Kildare, 87 staff members are currently off work due to contracting Covid-19 or being a close contact of a confirmed case.

Joe Hoolan, Industrial Relations Officer with the INMO, says there are problems in some hospitals with staff being told to return to work:

'The HSE have been derogating staff to come back to work before their isolation period has ended and that is a huge concern. Staff who might be told 'you're a Covid positive contact, you now self isolate'. Those staff can be derogated by senior management to come back to work unless they show symptoms'.

 



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