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Saturday 19 October 2019

Hospital studies to see if savings can be found

Fionnan Sheahan

Fionnan Sheahan

STUDIES will be carried out in hospitals to see if savings can be found by transferring specific duties from junior doctors to nurses.

Negotiations on the Croke Park II deal are back in track after talks ahead of this morning’s Cabinet meeting.

Ministers are expected to give the industrial relations trouble-shooter more time to find a resolution, rather than imposing pay cuts.

Labour Relations Commission chief executive Kieran Mulvey briefed Public Spending Minister Brendan Howlin last night on the progress to date.

In the health sector, progress was made on finding the €150m savings needed.

And there was acceptance on both sides that the full amount had to be identified. 

Management agreed to a union request aimed at seeing if saving can be found by transferring specific duties in the hospital system.

A pilot project will take place in the Mater Hospital and Tullamore Hospital over the next fortnight to see if the transfer of some functions between junior doctors and nurses, known as "task reallocation", can deliver savings.

In the meantime, work will continue on finding other areas to make savings in the LRC talks.

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