Last week, conditions for both patients and staff at CUH were described as intolerable and unsafe amid record overcrowding and capacity concerns.
The Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) has sought engagement with HSE management to discuss the issues and has warned it could curtail services unless urgent action is taken to address issues at Cork University Hospital and across services in the region.
The union said Cork health services have been plunged into a crisis due to record overcrowding, hundreds of vacant frontline positions including in nursing, and chronic recruitment and retention issues.
“There will need to be measures put in place to address overcrowding and shortages,” said INMO industrial relations officer for Cork, Liam Conway.
“Otherwise or members will have to consider alternative action such as industrial action,” he warned.
“This would be extremely regrettable and we hope that common sense prevails and urgent measures are put in place to protect our members and the patients they care for by increasing bed capacity and lifting the controls nationally for local recruitment.”