Dozens of nurses from all over Ireland braved the inclement weather earlier today and gathered outside Leinster House to raise their collective voice against the overcrowding issue.
According to the nurses, elderly patients are made to languish on trolleys for days on end while waiting for treatment.
Members of the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) working in University Hospital Limerick, Ennis Hospital, Nenagh Hospital, Naas General Hospital and Croom Orthopaedic Hospital have unanimously voted for industrial action in response to the crisis.
Also, nurses at Galway University Hospital voted in favor of a work-to-rule action, following a similar vote at Beaumont Hospital in Dublin.
Nurses say that patients are denied ‘dignity and respect’ on a continuous basis.