Saturday 23 September 2017

Junior doctors to share €6m allowance in deal to avert hospital chaos

Around 4,500 junior hospital doctors are to have their €3,000 living-out-allowance restored in a move which will avert industrial action. (Stock picture)
Around 4,500 junior hospital doctors are to have their €3,000 living-out-allowance restored in a move which will avert industrial action. (Stock picture)
Eilish O'Regan

Eilish O'Regan

Around 4,500 junior hospital doctors are to have their €3,000 living-out-allowance restored in a move which will avert industrial action.

The deal comes into effect in July and is worth around €6m to the doctors this year.

Agreement was reached with employers last night in advance of a court case due to be taken by the doctors today.

The living out allowance was abolished in 2012 and was designed to compensate the medics who have to take up new posts every six months in different hospitals, incurring rent and other expenses.

It was also agreed to put in place a system for examining educational supports for the doctors.

The doctors had threatened to ballot for industrial action which would have the potential to bring even more chaos to hospitals.

This latest agreement follows the deal with gardai reached before Christmas which also averted industrial action and cost around €50m.

The Irish Medical Organisation said that in 2012, there was a unilateral cut of the living-out allowance to all new entrant junior doctors, which meant an effective pay cut of €3,182 for all those who joined the public workforce or re-joined after spending more than six months outside it.

Separately, some 250,000 public servants are to get a €1,000 payment in April which will cost around €120m.

Nurses are threatening a work to rule from early March unless progress is made in securing measures to improve the recruitment crisis.

Irish Independent

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