Sunday 21 December 2014

Junior doctors back deal on working hours

JUNIOR doctors have voted by a majority in favour of settlement proposals aimed at ending their long working hours.

The doctors who are members of the Irish Medical Organisation (IMO) voted 76pc in favour and 24pc against the proposals worked out with the HSE at the Labour Relations Commission.

However, industrial relations director Steve Tweed warned that if the HSE fails to honour its commitment on this issue, the IMO will escalate the campaign to secure the end of dangerously long working hours.

Under the settlement proposal, the HSE has agreed to a timeline for the elimination of shifts of more than 24 hours and for the full implementation of the European Working Time Directive (EWTD).

Irish Independent

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