Doctors' Strike Set To Continue

A national strike by non-consultant hospital doctors is due to continue into tomorrow, according the the Irish Medical Organisation (IMO)

The strike, over what the IMO says are unsafe working hours, could see about 15,000 public hospital appointments cancelled and is expected to affect 12,000 out-patient appointments and 3,000 planned operations.

The move follows talks at the Labour Relations Commission and proposals from the Health Service Executive (HSE).

Mr. Eric Young, Assistant Director of Industrial Relations at the IMO, said the IMO would have take the industrial action because of "the failure of the HSE to step up to the plate in respect of the issue of sanctions."

A statement from the IMO said: "The IMO are not seeking triple time for doctors they are only seeking the standard payment that is normally made plus time in lieu for hours worked over 24 and where such time cannot be granted within three months the doctor will receive a payment of one hour at standard time for hours worked in excess of the 24 maximum roster."


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