The body has also expressed fears of a major staffing crisis in Waterford over over the holiday period, with no staff to cover roughly 100 shifts.
Speaking to WLR News at this afternoon’s event, Branch Secretary of the Waterford PNA, John Murphy, said that he’s never seen the service as badly rescourced as it is at present.
“The ‘Vision for Change’ national governance and policy document has resulted in the closure of not only wards, but hospitals” he said citing the example of St. Senan’s in Wexford.
“What they have not done with regards to ‘Vision for Change’ is increase the community services. We have no outreach or crisis intervention teams which would be nurse led and nurse run.”
He said that the PNA are not considering balloting for strike action, but that they held today’s protest to highlight “how bad the situation is at the minute.”