Sunday 4 December 2016

Junior doctors become latest group to ballot for industrial action

Published 14/11/2016 | 13:57

Thousands of junior doctors are set to ballot for industrial action following a collapse of talks over the restoration of a living- out allowance. (stock photo)
Thousands of junior doctors are set to ballot for industrial action following a collapse of talks over the restoration of a living- out allowance. (stock photo)

Thousands of junior doctors are set to ballot for industrial action following a collapse of talks over the restoration of a living- out allowance.

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The doctors want a return of a €3,182 accommodation allowance which was  removed from medical graduates working in the health service since 2012.

The allowance  was designed to help support the rent of trainee doctors who must move hospitals every six months.

Talks between the Irish Medical Organisation and the HSE on the demand for a return of the allowance were due to start last Monday but the HSE told the union they could not go ahead and must be part of wider Public Service Pay Commission.

Around 3,000 junior doctors currently working in the health service who graduated since 2012 would benefit.

The HSE would have had to  find over €6.3m to pay the allowances from its budget next year to fund the restoration of the allowances.

It comes as the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation also prepares to ballot for industrial action which could see a work-to-rule and one day stoppages in January.

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