Nurses and midwives strike expected to continue into the coming week

Widespread health service cancellations.

Sligo News File.

Continuing industrial action by nurses and midwives seems likely despite government warnings of possible sanctions arising out of the strike.

Two more days of strike action are scheduled for Tuesday and Thursday. Further strike dates are also being considered by the nurses and midwives organisation, the INMO,
in the dispute over pay and staff shortages.

Earlier in the week, tanaiste Simon Coveney praised the nurses saying “they are great people, doing very difficult work,” then added that the Government was taking legal advice in regard to the options available to it – meaning docking their pay – “consistent with the pay agreement that everybody signed up to with their eyes open.”

The Health Service Executive has warned of widespread service cancellations ahead of next week’s strike.

Services expected to be cancelled:

Out-patient, in-patient facilities, day surgery, injury units, routine community services and health centre nurse clinics.

Other facilities to close are public day centres and day hospitals for older people or people with disabilities

The HSE advises that planned admissions, including respite and rehabilitation, to public community nursing units and specified centres for people with intellectual disability, will be cancelled.

The executive is in discussions with the INMO regarding contingency arrangements for the safe provision of services, specifically with respect to urgent care and cancer
services.