JUNIOR hospital doctors have agreed to postpone by a week their planned strike over excessive working hours in order to consider proposals from the HSE.
The industrial action was due to take place next Wednesday.
However, the Irish Medical Organisation (IMO) has agreed to defer the strike as it examines a range of proposals put forward by the HSE. It will meet on Monday to discuss the proposals.
Junior doctors voted overwhelmingly to take industrial action as part of their campaign to reduce their hours which are frequently in breach of EU regulations.
The two sides met at the Labour Relations Commission (LRC) where talks went on through much of the day.
The LRC asked that the doctors defer their planned industrial action for a week to consider the HSE proposals.