Three days strike next week also on the cards with the government still refusing to engage.
Sligo News File.
Nurses and midwives have embarked on another day of strike action with 40,000 joining picket lines outside hospitals and clinics across the country.
And with little evident willingness of the government to relent on disputed pay and retention issues it looks likely that the strike could continue with a threatened further three days of action in the coming week.
INMO General Secretary, Phil Ní Sheaghdha said nurses and midwives were serious about fixing the health service.
Upwards of 50,000 patients will be affected by the strike action this week, according to the HSE.
Ministers Simon Harris and Paschal Donohoe said in a joint statement that the government always paid heed to concerns of nurses and was willing to engage in talks on workplace-related issues but not pay.
Meanwhile, Kerry TD Michael Healy-Rae has reportedly defended driving in a bus lane in south Dublin this morning apparently saying he was travelling to join nurses on the picket lines at the Coombe Hospital