Monday 20 November 2017

Strike now inevitable, say junior doctors

Eilish O'Regan Health Correspondent

JUNIOR doctors have warned that strike action is "inevitable" after rejecting proposals to reduce their working hours as inadequate.

The doctors may now hold a one day all-out strike in hospitals the week after next. The action, originally due to go ahead last Wednesday, was suspended to allow talks go ahead.

But the Irish Medical Organisation (IMO) last night said it did not receive the guarantees it needed from the Health Service Executive on the proposals put forward at the Labour Relations Commission. The doctors want an end to all shifts over 24 hours and a guarantee of a 48- hour week by the end of next year.

Although the HSE set out a timetable for these actions, the doctors' union said it lacked clarity.

They are concerned that not all hospitals will adhere to the rosters and believe there is insufficient monitoring and sanction.

The union has again called on the HSE and Health Minister James Reilly to resolve the issue which is driving Irish-trained doctors to work abroad.

Irish Independent

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