Talks start in bid to end dispute
TALKS aimed at resolving the junior doctors' dispute, and averting a national hospital strike on September 25, begin at the Labour Relations Commission (LRC) this evening.
The LRC invited the Health Service Executive (HSE) and the Irish Medical Organisation (IMO) to the talks to try to resolve the long-running row over junior doctors' long working hours.
Nearly 1,000 trainees in the IMO have voted for industrial action and are to stage a one-day national strike in two weeks, followed by rolling stoppages. They want an end to shifts of more than 24 hours and a commitment that the 48- hour week will be in place at the end of next year.
Currently, the doctors, who can work shifts of 36 hours at a time and end up working 100 hours or more.