Hospital will impose cuts despite pleas
The Health Service Executive (HSE) has rejected pleas from nursing unions not to impose cuts aimed at meeting a €16m overspend at the Midwest's largest hospital.
According to SIPTU and the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO), management at Limerick's Midwest Regional Hospital have rejected a request to defer the measures which are to be implemented from next Monday.
As part of the cuts, the HSE is to close 25 beds at the hospital and is to reduce overtime and agency payments by 50pc to the end of the year in a bid to break even in 2011.
The INMO will hold a meeting of its 500 members next Monday to discuss their reaction to the cuts.