07/02/2019

Over 25,000 Appointments Cancelled As Nursing Strikes Continue

Over 37,000 nurses from the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) have entered their third day of strike action in a dispute over pay and staff shortages.

The struggle with the government sees no sign of a breakthrough, with a further three days of industrial action scheduled for next week.

Over 25,000 medical appointments, including all outpatient, inpatient and day surgery bookings have been cancelled, along with community nursing and health centre clinics.

The HSE said discussions with the INMO are 'ongoing', with the hope of securing exemptions to allow for major surgeries, including cancer, to proceed.

In the event that any procedures do go ahead, patients will be contacted directly by hospitals.

The nurses on the picket line from around 8am each morning say addressing pay is the way to attract and keep nurses, however the Government has said pay increases are included in the public sector pay agreement and conceding to the demands would cost €300m.



(JG/CM)

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