Relief at appointment of 40 new nurses at Royal Hospital

The Royal Victoria Hospital

The Royal Victoria Hospital

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The Health Minister’s announcement yesterday of 40 more nurses to care for emergency patients at the Royal Victoria Hospital highlights the pressures staff there have been under for some time, it is claimed.

Edwin Poots made the announcement after months of intense media coverage and political debate regarding what some claim are dangerously over-stretched resources at the Royal’s casualty department.

However, UUP health spokesman Roy Beggs said the volume of new positions announced underlined the extent of under-resourcing at the hospital up until now.


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