Ireland -Partial deal with health consultants collapses -October 12, 2012

The deal between the health care service executive (HSE) and hospital consultants that was reported closed in last month’s newsletter has collapsed. The deal reached last month was only a partial deal, leaving several issues open to be referred to labour courts and the Croke Park committee. Following the deal, a conflict arose over the implementation of the deal, as the HSE moved to start without waiting for the courts to settle the unresolved issues. Unions argued that the deal could only come into effect once all issues were resolved. With the collapse of the agreement, all issues are now likely to be referred to the court.



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