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Wednesday 22 November 2017

Nurses' union disappointed as HSE is 'short senior people' during crucial A&E strike talks

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David Kearns

Attempts to avert strike action by emergency department nurses have been adjourned until Wednesday following “problematic” talks between the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation and the HSE.

Following aborted industrial action last month, the INMO again met with senior HSE management to discuss the issue of overcrowding and patient safety in emergency departments.

Expressing disappointment that “management were short senior people” during today’s talks at the Workplace Relations Commission, INMO General Secretary Liam Doran said it was time for “the HSE and the Department of Health to act on their word” and deliver on previous agreements.

“What we want from the [HSE] is confirmation that they will deliver on what they said they would deliver in December and January in the interests of patients and staff in the ED. Nothing more, nothing less.”

Mr Doran added there was still a huge overcrowding crisis facing the health system, and that numbers had continued to rise despite previous assurances action would be taken.

John Delamere, HSE’s Assistant National Director of Human Resources, said progress had been made during Monday’s talks but “more work needs to be done”.

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