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Sunday 20 October 2019

Union urges more support for trans healthcare workers

Nurses ‘need to know their employer supports them’
Nurses ‘need to know their employer supports them’

A nursing union has called for private and public sector employers to develop clear guidance on supporting employees transitioning gender in the workplace.

The Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) wants health employers to make workplaces transgender-inclusive for nurses, midwives and other health workers.

The call came as tens of thousands of people will come into Dublin's city centre today to take part in the annual Pride parade, which starts at 1pm on O'Connell Street and ends with a free outdoor event in Merrion Square.

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"The INMO proudly supports all our members at work, campaigning for fair, dignified and inclusive workplaces," said INMO director of professional and regulatory services Edward Mathews.

"Transgender issues in the health services are often seen from a patient view, but trans health workers need support too.

"Health employers have already committed to equality at work, but we need to ensure that those policies are reflected in practice and that workers know their rights. Nurses and midwives deal with the public all the time, so it is especially important that trans workers know that employers will support them in any difficult situations."

The Pride parade will be led out by more than 70 LGBT organisations and community groups.

The theme this year is Rainbow Revolution and, after the community groups have passed, there will be a number of floats and marching groups.

Separately, the INMO yesterday released figures which revealed there have been 279 assaults in HSE hospitals in 2019 so far.

A total of 249 (89pc) were against nurses, according to the figures.

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