SIPTU has welcomed commitments from the management of Tallaght Hospital, Co. Dublin, to increase staffing levels in order to ensure patient safety at the facility. SIPTU representatives and their INMO colleagues met with management this morning (Friday, 7th February) to discuss concerns over staff numbers at the hospital.SIPTU Organiser, David Field, said: “Management said they would take action to help alleviate the crisis in patient care with ten extra nursing staff beginning work on Monday (10th February). Over the coming weeks 13 care assistants and 19 specialist nurses will also be assigned to duties at the hospital.”He added: “We welcome this development which will assist in alleviating the current pressures at the hospital. We believe this is a first step in bringing the crisis at the hospital to an end and ensuring that the maximum degree of patient safety is restored.”Earlier this week SIPTU representatives expressed "grave concerns" about patient overcrowding and staffing levels at Tallaght Hospital and called for an immediate response from management.