Sunday 20 May 2018

Talks in bid to avert nurses' strike to take place tomorrow

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Eilish O'Regan

Eilish O'Regan

Talks are to take place tomorrow at the Workplace Relations Commission in a bid to avert the nurses' strike next week.

The HSE and the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation will convene to discuss the ongoing dispute which threatened to see a series of two hour rolling work stoppages in emergency department on Thursday.

INMO chief Liam Doran said management have a mountain to climb if they want to convince nurses that promises to implement measures to relieve emergency department overcrowding will be implemented.

The nurses rejected the settlement deal which involves promotions and additional leave by a narrow margin.

Meanwhile, there was only a slight drop in patients on trolleys today with some hospitals under huge pressure again.

Nationally 423 were on trolleys with 92 of these on trolleys in wards.In Beaumont Hospital in Dublin 37 were on trolleys in its emergency department.

Around the country 22 were on trolleys in the emergency department and another four in wards.

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