Confirmed: Full list of hospitals hit by support staff strike tomorrow
THE scale of patient chaos and hardship in hospitals – including disruption to meals - has been confirmed as 10,000 support staff prepare to go on strike on Thursday.
It has been confirmed that the 24-hour stoppage by support staff will see:
* Cancellation of some surgical operations.
* Significant cancellation of scope procedures
* Reduced outpatient services
* Less access laboratory services to get test results for GPs
* Meals and food services for both patients and staff hit
* Operating theatres having to wind down
The strike over pay will hit 38 hospitals and healthcare facilities as key staff representing by SIPTU, including healthcare assistants, chefs and porters take to the picket line in the pay dispute.
In a statement the HSE said it is continuing to engage on contingency planning with SIPTU at local hospital and healthcare facility level.
"This is to ensure minimum disruption to patient services, in so far as possible, and to ensure patient dignity and that essential daily care remains in place.," it said.
Patients are being contacted by their local hospital or healthcare facility in the event that their scheduled procedure or service will be affected by the dispute.
"While every effort will be made to minimise impact on patients, industrial action involving these essential staff will have a significant impact on services," it said.
"We will keep the public informed of any developments that may affect patient services through the national and local media, our social media channels and our website – www.hse.ie.”
SIPTU was urged by Public Expenditure Minister Paschal Donohue today to go back to talks.
He said: "We will look at what can be done to avoid action. The Public Service Pay Agreement is in place, that is budgeted for. We need to protect the agreement, there is a wide variety of competing claims.
"There is an agreement in place that I am determined to protect."
The following is a list of hospitals where SIPTU members will take strike action:
Cork University Hospital
Cork University Maternity Hospital
Kerry University Hospital
Mallow General Hospital
South Infirmary Hospital Cork
South Tipperary General Hospital
Wexford General Hospital
St Lukes Hospital Carlow/Kilkenny
Mercy Hospital Cork
Connolly Hospital Blanchardstown
National Rehabilitation Hospital
St Ita’s Portrane
St James Hospital
St Vincent’s University Hospital
Our Lady’s Hospital Navan
Louth County Hospital
Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital Drogheda
Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital Crumlin
Central Mental Hospital
Midland Regional Hospital Mullingar
Midland Regional Hospital Tullamore
Midland Regional Hospital Portlaoise
Naas General Hospital
Cavan General Hospital
Letterkenny University Hospital
Sligo General Hospital
Portiuncula Hospital Ballinasloe
Galway University Hospital
Mayo University Hospital
UL Hospital Dooradoyle
UL Maternity Hospital
UL Orthopaedic Hospital Croom