Ireland - Agreement over emergency department talks - February 29, 2016

The Health Service Executive has agreed to enter talks to discuss knock-on claims to extend benefits awarded to nurses in a deal to address emergency department overcrowding to other grades. The HSE and the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation negotiated the proposals at the Workplace Relations Commission to avert a nurses' strike over understaffing and overcrowding in hospital Emergency Departments. That deal provided for a €1,500 training bursary, two extra days leave in 2016 and 2017, as well as additional promotional posts. Industrial observers had forecast that other health unions whose members were also experiencing difficult conditions in EDs were likely to submit claims for similar benefits. The HSE has agreed to set up a parallel process of talks with the three excluded unions - and to discuss extending representation on the Emergency Department Task Force Implementation Group to include them.

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