THE Health Service Executive (HSE) failed to put forward any proposals at the opening of talks aimed at averting a strike by junior doctors over their long working hours.
The HSE and the Irish Medical Organisation (IMO) met at the Labour Relations Commission (LRC) yesterday afternoon for the start of negotiations to try to settle the dispute.
The junior doctors are warning they will stage a one-day national hospital strike on September 25.
"It is incredible that the HSE referred the matter to the LRC, without having had negotiations with the IMO, and then attended with no proposals," said IMO industrial relations officer Eric Young.
The HSE is to put forward its proposals next Monday and the substantive talks are due to start on Tuesday at the LRC.