CFI Response to staffing issues in CUH CF Paediatric Unit
A number of parents of children/young people with CF have contacted us in the last few days to express their concern that there is no specialist nurse available in the CF paediatric unit in Cork University Hospital for a period of 2 weeks commencing 24th September 2013.
Just to let you know that we at CFI view this situation with the utmost seriousness and have been in contact with the senior hospital management team in CUH including the CEO in the Hospital to highlight our strong concerns. I have also contacted the Minister for Health, James Reilly TD directly, as wider Department of Health policy issues are involved.
The problem arises from 2 key issues:
- The HSE policy of not replacing staff who are on maternity and sick leave and
- Many CF centres around the country are understaffed, in particular centres where there has been an increase in CF patients in recent years, such as Cork.
We understand that other members of the CF team are manning the phones. While we thank the staff concerned for their flexibility in an emergency situation, this is unsatisfactory, not least because the problem may arise again and because it must also have a knock on effect on other aspects of care in the hospital provided by such specialist staff.
We will keep all our members updated on the results of our advocacy.
Chief Executive Office
26th September 2013