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Limerick hospital work stoppage is ‘unsafe, unsound and unwarranted’ – health minister

A four-hour work stoppage staged by nursed at Limerick’s Mid-Western Regional Hospital emergency department has been criticised by Health Minister James Reilly.

He told the Dail the stoppage was “unsafe, unsound and unwarranted” adding that he failed to see how it could improve the situation.

Nurses took the action over what they call “gross overcrowding” and its effects on patient safety.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny also said he was concerned about the industrial action.

He cited the latest figures which showed there were six people on trolleys this morning, with another 41 in an overflow ward, awaiting assessment and admission.

He added that hospital management had put proposals to the unions last night at the Labour Relations Commission, but they had not been accepted.

These talks are set to continue.