Up to 350 patients are dying each year as a result of capacity constraints in intensive care units, the annual conference of the Irish Hospital Consultants Association has been told.

Ireland spending lot of money on health but outcomes consistently poor, conference told

Ireland has been lucky so far to have avoided a major healthcare calamity during surges in activity in hospitals in winter, the president of the Irish Hospital Consultants Association has said. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Thousands of additional hospital beds needed, Irish Hospital Consultants Association says

The Irish Hospital Consultants Association has said Ireland was no longer internationally competitive in attracting highly-trained specialists.

Government urged to take action over pay and working conditions for senior medics

The Civil Public and Services Union wants the €1,000 payment due from September next year brought forward to January

CPSU says outcome of Dublin Bus and Luas disputes should be reflected in public service

 Minister for Public Expenditure and  Reform Paschal Donohoe speaks at a major international investment conference on priority capital investment areas for Ireland on Friday. More than 120 senior business and other delegates from diverse sectors in attendance to hear and engage with speakers from government, the EIB, the European Commission, and key national experts from the housing, energy and investment sectors.

Donohoe says solution to pay disputes must be through Lansdowne Road Agreement

 Dublin Bus workers on the picket line at Donnybrook bus depot. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Gardaí and teachers are threatening strike action over public service salary agreement

The deal reaffirms the implementation of current rules for changing Dublin Bus schedules

Dublin Bus says additional cost of pay deal to be financed by off-setting efficiencies

Dublin Bus workers on the picket line at Donnybrook bus depot. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Drivers to receive 11.25% rise over three years after talks between firm and unions

The Government’s response to the prospect of industrial action by teachers and gardaí in the weeks ahead will show how far it is prepared to go in defending the agreement. Photograph: Getty Images

Strategy for bringing groups into Lansdowne Road deal and isolating ASTI has unravelled

Dublin Bus workers on the picket line at Donnybrook bus depot. WRC director general Oonagh Buckley said while there had been “an uptick in the levels of industrial action”, this was coming from “an extraordinarily low base”.  Photograph: Eric Luke.

Oonagh Buckley says the scale of strike action remains relatively low

Pat Ennis general secretary of the  Garda Representative Association speaking to the media at the Tullamore Court Hotel, Co Offaly. Photograph: James Flynn/APX

Ministers believe concessions would lead to collapse of overall public service pay policy

The Government has “affirmed” the Garda Representative Association’s (GRA) right to have direct access to future pay talks. Photograph: Frank Miller

Government agrees to Garda Representative Association having direct access to future pay talks

Bus Eireann depot in Broadstone, Dublin.  File Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Company want to separate loss-making service from rest of operation; cut jobs and pay

Minister for Education Richard Bruton has said the teachers’ deal reached with the INTO and TUI will cost about €20 million. File photograph: Stephen Shepherd/The Image Bank/Getty Images

Deals between unions and Government departments will cost close to €25m

General secretary of the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation Liam Doran outside Leinster House. Photograph: Eric Luke

IMNO: Government ‘going to have to address hours issue for nurses and midwives as well’

Rank-and-file gardaí will have to make a number of commitments in exchange for the restoration of more than €4,000 in rent allowance, under the terms of a draft pay deal. File photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Gardaí must make a number of commitments under terms of draft document

Gardaí will in future be permitted to work the unpaid additional hours required by the Government under productivity reforms in modules of 15 minutes at the end of their shifts. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Changes to productivity requirements form part of new deal being considered by GRA

Dublin Bus workers on a picket line during day 5 of ongoing strikes at Conyngham Road Bus Depot. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Rolling dispute: Intensive talks set to begin on Tuesday in pursuit of elusive resolution

 Dublin Bus strikes: For the moment at least, work stoppages planned for tomorrow and Wednesday are still scheduled to go ahead. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Two-day strike still scheduled for Tuesday despite plan for talks without preconditions

Dublin Bus workers on the picket line at Donnybrook bus depot Saturday. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Stoppages to go ahead Tuesday, Wednesday as Minister rules out extra money for company

Members of the Garda Representative Association  protesting outside Government Buildings last July.   Photograph Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Deal leaves the ASTI secondary teachers’ union isolated over Lansdowne Road accord

Minister for Transport Shane Ross met Bus Éireann chairman and chief executive on September 12th. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Cost-saving plan involves potential redundancies, pay cuts in addition to outsourcing

Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

Sources claim Minister was given more detailed proposals from company on September 11th

 Dublin Bus drivers and staff striking outside the Harristown Bus Depot, Dublin.  Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins

Unions criticise Minister over failing to play role in resolving Dublin Bus strike

Bus Éireann’s Expressway fleet. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Analysis: Unions say the licences are driving a race to the bottom

Bus Éireann has proposed highly controversial re-structuring plans which would see its Expressway separated from the rest of the company’s services. Photographer: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

National Transport Authority says it has issued five new licences for routes in five years

Buses at the Broadstone bus depot in Dublin: commuters are facing another two days of disruption in a stand-off between transports chiefs and bus drivers over pay. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

Dublin Bus services to terminate at 9pm on Thursday ahead of latest 48-hour stoppage

About 400,000 Dublin Bus passengers face inconvenience on Friday and Saturday as staff stage the fifth and sixth days of strikes in a dispute over pay.

Analysis: Action at Bus Éireann and Iarnród Éireann has become a distinct possibility

Dublin Bus staff have so far staged four days of strike as part of a campaign for higher pay.  Photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

Dublin Bus CEO says if planned stoppages go ahead it could cost company €21 million

Management at Bus Éireann outlined its restructuring plans to trade unions at the Workplace Relations Commission on Wednesday. Photographer: Dara MacDónaill/The Irish Times

Company seeks introduction of reduced terms and conditions for staff and no pay rises

Labour Senator Ged Nash: “Some of these uncertain-hours practices have escaped Ireland’s suite of employment rights protections, such as the Organisation of Working Time Act.” Photograph: Dave Meehan

Senator Ged Nash says legislation could aid those in hospitality, retail and care sectors

Bus Éireann depot in Broadstone, Dublin: management is set to signal changes and restructuring at its loss-making Expressway inter-regional coach services.  File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Action mooted over service restructuring plan and Dublin Bus strike set to go ahead

Tony O’Brien, Director General of the HSE: he said the new chief operations officer and chief strategy and planning officer positions would be filled by open competition. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / The Irish Times

Director general O’Brien plans reform at health authority facing ‘unprecedented demand’

Dublin fans making their way to Croke Park for the  All-Ireland Senior Football Final between Dublin  and Mayo today. Many such fans will have a hard time reaching the venue for the October 1st replay due to a further strike on Dublin Bus services. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Staff planning further work stoppage on day of football final - Saturday week, October 1st

Dublin Bus strike: A further 48-hour work stoppage is scheduled to take place next Friday and Saturday, with another two-day strike planned for the following week.  Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

Shane Ross says move to open bus lanes to cars during work stoppages being considered

ASTI is balloting its 17,000 members on the issue of pay for newly qualified teachers, as well as voting on withdrawing from carrying out supervision and substitution duties

Agreement does not apply to ASTI and may result in industrial action by Christmas

The deal on teachers’ pay finalised on Friday  reinforces the pay gap that is emerging between teachers in different trade unions as a result of their stances on the Lansdowne Road agreement. File photograph: Getty Images

Recently recruited teachers to get pay boost of €2,000 on phased basis over next year or so

Minister for Education Richard Bruton said the agreement showed what was possible through dialogue and negotiation within the Lansdowne Road agreement. Photograph: Sportsfile

Controversial two-tier pay system for new and existing teachers will come to an end

Motorists in heavy traffic on the Naas Road, Dublin.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Some 400,000 people affected but Minister rejectes criticism of ‘being inactive’

Dublin Bus workers picketing at the Clontarf garage Dublin. Photograph: Dara MacDónaill/The Irish Times

Escalation likely in dispute costing company €600,000 daily, but no settlement in sight

 Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Shane Ross urged management and unions at Dublin Bus “to engage with each other immediately. Photograph: Eric Luke

Passengers face 13 more days of strikes in weeks ahead

Chief executive of VHI John O’Dwyer. VHI’s customers  across a range of schemes are facing a price increase of 3%. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Health insurer says hike is the result of the rising cost of claims in public hospitals

Buses lined up at Conyngham Road Bus Depot after an early return to the garage in advance of this week’s strike. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

New stoppages due to take place on various dates between September 27th and October 29th

A trade union has urged the Government to spend €2bn more next year on public services and critical infrastructure such as social housing. File photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Ictu calls for increased spending on public services and no tax cuts in Budget 2017

Bus strike: Siptu condemned what it described as “the lack of interest shown by the Department of Transport and management in trying to resolve the dispute.” Photograph: PA

Management warns work stoppages could leave door open to privatisation of services

Dublin Bus services will again terminate at 9pm on Wednesday in advance of planned strike action by staff on Thursday and Friday. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins.

Services will cease at 9pm on Wednesday and will resume again on Saturday morning

Dublin Bus services will again terminate at about 9pm on Wednesday in advance of planned strike action by staff on Thursday and Friday.  Photograph:  Colin Keegan/Collins.

Company warns losses due to strike action inhibiting its ability to afford any pay rises

Buses in the depot  at Phibsboro Garage. In 2015, the NTA financed the purchases of 110 buses for delivery over 2016. Photograph:  Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.

National Transport Authority contradicts trade union claims over total subvention

A large crowd of striking Dublin Bus workers  on the picket line at the Harristown Depot near Dublin Airport on Friday morning. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

Union pushes company ‘to engage in serious negotiations’ to avoid further shutdowns

Dublin Bus workers commenced the first of their 48-hour stoppages in Dublin on Thursday. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Motorists warned to expect heavy traffic as unions warn of possible escalation of strikes

Striking Dublin Bus workers outside Ringsend Bus depot in Dublin, Thursday, September 8th, 2016.  Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

About 400,000 commuters will again have their travel plans disrupted on Friday

Dublin Bus workers picket in a dispute of pay rates. Photograph: Alan Betson

Unions to consider escalating industrial action as part of wage dispute with company

Dublin Bus has said it cannot afford pay increases greater than the 8.25% over three years recommended by the Labour Court

CIE company believes union’s demands for 15% rise would cost more than €50m

Brendan Farrelly: “Driving a bus is considerably more challenging than driving a Luas.”  Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Drivers from Siptu and the NBRU outline why they have been forced into industrial action

VHI said it was difficult to see how the health insurance market could withstand additional costs.

Health insurer expresses concern at surge in claims costs as a result of ageing population

By 2025, the VHI forecasts, the cost of meeting claims will increase by 80% from €1.9bn to €3.4bn. Photograph: Getty Images

Ageing population and surge people with chronic illness poses problem for insurers

Figures published by the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation on Tuesday  showed a significant reduction in overcrowding last month in Dublin hospitals. File photograph: Getty Images

Minister for Health believes HSE winter initiative needed further specificity, say sources

Dublin Bus services will stop at 9pm today ahead of a two-day strike on Thursday and Friday the company said. Photograph: The Irish Times

Union says Dublin Bus staff are frustrated and angry at how pay claim was handled

While capital spending in health is set to increase – from €344 million in 2016 to nearly €500 million in 2021 – the vast bulk will go to five or six large-scale developments.

Department of Health indicates few funds available outside of planned big projects

Members of the ASTI protesting outside the Dáil. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Analysis: ASTI’s ballots on industrial action is the result of a number of grievances

The ballots will be counted on October 14th. If they are carried, the union would have to give notice of one week before any industrial action could take place.

Action could cause significant disruption in hundreds of schools later in the autumn

The NBRU is seeking pay parity for drivers at Dublin Bus with drivers on the Luas light rail system. Photograph: Cyril Byrne /The Irish Times

Talks aimed at averting the planned work stoppages ended Friday without progress

Dublin Bus strike action is scheduled for September 8th-9th, 15th-16th and 23rd-24th. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

NBRU says discussions with management may not avert planned industrial action

Dublin Bus services to be hit by strikes on September 8th, 9th, 15th, 16th, 23rd and 24th. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Services in and around the city to be hit on September 8th, 9th, 15th, 16th, 23rd and 24th

Trade unions will today serve formal notice to Dublin Bus of the planned stoppages, with the dispute believed to involve up to three strikes of 48-hours duration each next month. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Industrial action follows rejection of Labour Court pay recommendation

A ‘return-of-service’ scheme involving loan financing could be set up to encourage medical graduates to work in the Irish health system. Photograph: Jason Lee/Reuters

Medical graduates cost State up to €126,000 each, says Department of Public Expenditure

Ictu says health should receive dedicated budget of 10 per cent of GDP annually

Trade unions representing staff at Dublin Bus are expected to serve notice for strike action at the company in the coming days. File photograph: Aidan Crawley

Trade unions will meet to determine common strategy in industrial dispute

The public may never learn the details of the research that will lead to recommendations on pay rises for State employees drawn up by the new Public Service Pay Commission, trade unions have indicated.

Analysis will lead to recommendations on salary rises for State employees

In its annual report for 2015, the Medical Council revealed it received 369 complaints,  compared to 308 the previous year.

Complaints from patients about poor communication up significantly, annual report shows

John Jacob, of the Association of Garda Sergeants and Inspectors, adresses a protest by mid-ranking gardaí which called for the restoration of pay. AGSI members have voted decisively to accept the Lansdowne Road agreement on public service pay. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins.

AGSI members, who faced losing increments, accept public service deal in second ballot

Dublin Bus staff have rejected a proposed 8.2 per cent pay rise over three years.  File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Analysis: Dublin Bus and Iarnród Éireann rows are heading towards industrial action

Labour Court had recommended wage increases of 8.2 per cent over 3 years for staff at Dublin Bus.

Public transport users are facing potential widespread disruption next month

The restoration of allowances for new teachers is being explored in talks between trade unions and Government officials as a way of tackling pay inequality in the teaching profession. File photograph: Barry Batchelor/PA Wire

Unions and Government discuss move as a way of tackling pay inequality in the industry

Commuters now face the possibility of disruption to the country’s rail network and on bus services in Dublin within weeks.

Iarnród Éireann staff to vote on strike action, result of Dublin Bus staff ballot due on Friday

Unions maintain that private hospitals in Ireland are offering nurses signing on payments of up to €5,000, as well as subsidised accommodation and flexible working hours. Photograph: Getty Images

With over 630 vacancies the Government is to offer permanent jobs to 1,500 graduates

There are about 35,000 nurses working in the HSE, voluntary hospitals and other parts of the public health service. Photograph: Getty Images

Only 90 recruited in push but Government to offer permanent jobs to graduates

There are delays of up to 30 minutes on DART services this morning after a truck hit a bridge at Clontarf.  Management at Iarnród Éireann has said unions’ withdrawal of co-operation on training must be addressed as it is damaging its financial position.

Iarnród Éireann says nine Dart trainees being prevented from completing training

Some 40,000 hospital  staff will vote on strike action over the HSE’s alleged delay in implementing a scheme for evaluating the roles of workers. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Dispute concerns delays by HSE in implementing evaluation of workers’ roles

 A Dart service in Dublin. Trade unions have warned of industrial conflict on the railways unless Iarnród Éireann reduces working hours for train drivers and improves pay and conditions. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Iarnród Éireann must agree to reduce hours for train drivers, NBRU and Siptu warn

The report maintained the  former chief executive of the Saolta group of public hospitals  should have declared to the HSE  a business relationship that he had with a UK company which secured contracts worth nearly €340,000.

Internal audit highlighted potential conflict of interest of former Saolta chief Bill Maher

 Gardaí protest outside Government Buildings against the Government’s public pay cuts. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Government imposes financial penalties after GRA’s rejection of Lansdowne Road deal

The Irish Hospital Consultants Association called for significant increases in funding for acute hospitals and mental health facilities in the budget for 2017. Photograph: Reuters

Ageing machinery so old that parts have to cannibalised from equipment in Japan

John Pepper, chief executive of St John of God group. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill.

Top executives received buy-out payments ranging from €3,874 to €649,371

There is now a growing potential for strikes in Dublin Bus. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

Government aware Luas settlement could spill over into other areas of transport sector

Unions at Dubln Bus  rejected proposed pay increases of about 2 per cent per year, or   8 per cent over four years.

Labour Court rules Dublin Bus staff should get a 8.25 per cent wage rise over 3 years,

At the beginning of this year the minimum wage was raised by 50 cent per hour to €9.15 following the Government’s acceptance of the first report of the Low Pay Commission. Photograph: Getty Images

Low Pay Commission’s recommendation ‘very disappointing’, says Labour Party

A key difference with the earlier benchmarking process is that public service pay levels will be compared with those for similar groups in other countries. Photograph: Getty Images

Ministerial pay and pensions in addition to those of other office holders also on agenda

Auditors question use of premium pay overtime for clerical duties

Minister for Public Expenditure Paschal Donohoe said the new Labour Employer Economic Forum does not represent a return to days of social partnership. Photograph Nick Bradshaw.

Paschal Donohoe says move does not represent a return to days of social partnership

HSE internal audit finds former Saolta chief executive Bill Maher confirmed he had a business involvement with Northgate as a consultant prior to his being seconded to work for the HSE in the West in January 2012.

HSE internal audit report finds a business relationship should be been declared

Siptu said the dispute was about the conditions of employment for members in the national ambulance service.File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Siptu says emergency service will be provided during dispute over conditions

The report, which was released by the HSE on Tuesday, says that Tusla management was unable to provide a signed contract of employment for its chief executive during the audit process. Photograph: Alan Betson

Nearly 120 Tusla staff receiving personal allowances not identified on official scales

It is understood a recommended increase in the minimum wage will be significantly lower than last year when it rose by 50 cent from €8.65 to €9.15

Terms of reference will also allow study of salary levels paid in private companies

Sinn Féin TD David Cullinane said flags had been raised in relation to problems at the suicide bereavement charity many years before the internal audit was established in 2015.

Executive director general tells PAC charity provided value for State money it received

Tony O Brien of the HSE will appear before the Dáil Public Accounts Committee on Friday. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

HSE director general to appear before Dáil Public Accounts Committee on Friday

ASTI protest: The Department of Education said that penalties, which were provided for under financial emergency legislation (Fempi Act) introduced last year, would be applied to teachers in voluntary secondary schools as the ASTI was the representative union in this sector. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Department of Education says union repudiated Lansdowne Road agreement

A file image of a Psychiatric Nurses Association protest  outside  HSE headquarters in Dublin. Psychiatric nurses working in the community could receive additional payments of about €5,000 under a new proposals being considered by the HSE. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times.

Payment, floated in talks with HSE, would acknowledge ‘unique role’ played by workers

The €182,000 salary paid to John Pepper, group chief executive of St John of God organisation, is considered not to be  compliant with public service pay policy due to the recent disclosures by the HSE. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times.

Organisation questioning why it should co-operate with audit process

Photograph: Waterford Airport/twitter

Union says the dispute centres on cuts to working hours and lack of ‘meaningful’ engagement

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