The appointment of a liquidator to Mount Carmel hospital last week, along with news that the hospital is to close, came as a severe blow to the 300 staff, more than 80 of whom are IMPACT members.
They were represented by their official Stephen O’Neill
at a lengthy meeting with the liquidators last night (Tuesday). Mr O’Neill was
accompanied by Tony Martin of the Dublin Hospitals’ branch and IMPACT official Dessie
Robinson. After the meeting, Mr O’Neill said that the liquidators had outlined
what was expected to happen in the coming days, “They told us that obstetrics
is due to close on Friday, while an ante-natal service will continue and an
obstetrician will be on duty until the 8th or 9th of
February. It is likely that we will see redundancies in the coming days.
“Our priority here is to see what can possibly be done to
save these jobs. Our members are understandably hurt, this is the worst
possible news they could have received. Mount Carmel has an outstanding
reputation as a maternity hospital. That reputation is built on the expertise of the staff who work there. It makes no
sense that maternity services in Ireland should lose this pool of considerable
knowledge and experience. It is a source of genuine anger that the
hospital is facing closure in these circumstances. These workers deserve better” he said.
The group of unions, which includes the INMO, Siptu and the MLSA, is meeting today (Wednesday) to consider all available options to help save the jobs of staff.