Consultants to enter work talks


Hospital consultants are to enter talks on work practice reforms and flexibilities with a deadline of Sunday night for completion of the process.

The talks on the reforms, which management wants to introduce under the Croke Park agreement, will commence at the Labour Relations Commission this evening.

There had been strong anger at Government level over the failure of the Irish Hospital Consultants' Association to take part in talks which were scheduled to get under way at the Labour Relations Commission today.

Yesterday, Minister for Health Dr James Reilly said he was losing patience “big time” with the Irish Hospital Consultants' Association over its stance on the talks.

This morning senior figures in the Irish Hospital Consultants' Association were invited to a meeting with the secretary general of the Department of Health, Ambrose McLoughlin, and Tony O’Brien, the new director general designate of the HSE.

Informed sources said the concern of the Government on the delay in commencement of the talks was made clear to consultants’ representative organisation.

If there is no agreement at the Labour Relations Commission, the issue can be referred to the Labour Court for a binding recommendation.

Dr Reilly welcomed the breakthrough on the new talks. He stressed “the importance of all sides trying to reach agreement by the deadline of Sunday night in the best interests of patients, in the best interests of the health services and in the best interests of the country”.

Sign In

Forgot Password?

Sign Up

The name that will appear beside your comments.

Have an account? Sign In

Forgot Password?

Please enter your email address so we can send you a link to reset your password.

Sign In or Sign Up

Thank you

You should receive instructions for resetting your password. When you have reset your password, you can Sign In.

Hello, .

Please choose a screen name. This name will appear beside any comments you post. Your screen name should follow the standards set out in our community standards.

Thank you for registering. Please check your email to verify your account.

Your Comments
We reserve the right to remove any content at any time from this Community, including without limitation if it violates the Community Standards. We ask that you report content that you in good faith believe violates the above rules by clicking the Flag link next to the offending comment or by filling out this form. New comments are only accepted for 3 days from the date of publication.