Spectrum – Issue 35

Spectrum – Issue 35

Cystic Fibrosis Ireland (CFI) will be meeting with senior management in Cork University Hospital (CUH) and the HSE concerning specialised CF nurse cover in the paediatric unit of CUH.

The gap in nursing cover reveals a systemic problem that has been building in Cork and in many other CF specialist centres and which has been previously highlighted by CFI. Because of government health policy across the country, key healthcare staff on sick and maternity leave are not being replaced. When this policy combines with increasing patient numbers, as is the case in Cork, there is a real danger that there will be gaps in services at critical times.