The ballot saw an overwhelming majority of midwives (97.5%) voting in favour of action to be taken against Irelands Health Services (HSE) over the shortage of midwives at the University Maternity Hospital Limerick.
The result of the ballot means midwives will withdraw from clerical administration duties and prioritise care for all pregnant women and babies.
The actions is due to come into effect on Friday 27 November 2015, from 8am, according to RTE News.
INMO Industrial Relations Officer, Mary Fogarty said: “It is regrettable that the HSE has failed to address the clinical midwifery deficits raised by the INMO as far back as January 2015.
“It is even more a matter of concern that, while the HSE has publically acknowledged that additional midwives are required, they delay in agreeing to recruit the midwives and ensure safe standards are reinstated at the maternity hospital.”
The University Maternity Hospital Limerick sees approximately 5,000 births per year, with a midwife-to-birth ratio of one per 44.
“International safe midwifery standards dictate a ratio of 1:29.5 and the INMO believes that these standards must be adhered to in all maternity hospitals to ensure safe care of pregnant women, mothers and babies,” Mary Fogarty added.
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