Saturday 23 February 2019

Labour Court in bid to resolve nursing dispute as it reviews row over pay

INMO General Secretary Phil Ní Sheaghdha (centre) on strike with the Nurses and Midwives at the Coombe Hospital. Photo: Kyran O'Brien
INMO General Secretary Phil Ní Sheaghdha (centre) on strike with the Nurses and Midwives at the Coombe Hospital. Photo: Kyran O'Brien
Standing together: Dr Sarah McDonnell offers her support to nurse Helena Clarke during the protest outside the Coombe Hospital in Dublin. Photo: Damien Eagers

Anne Marie Walsh and Eilish O'Regan

The Labour Court has made a bid to resolve the bitter nurses dispute this morning.

It is reviewing the row over pay with a view to establishing what, if any, assistance it can provide in resolving it.

It has asked the general secretary of the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation, Phil Ni Sheaghdha, the general secretary  of ICTU, Patricia King, and officials from the HSE, Department of Health and Department of Public Expenditure and Reform to meet this morning.

They will be asked to "share their assessment" of the dispute at this time.

The meeting will take place at 11am.

The hope is that if some formula for a formal hearing is agreed that next week’s three days of strike will be suspended and patients notified procedures will go ahead.

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