In  opinion published on Thursday  Luxembourg Court states workers are entitled to a minimum rest periods, and Ireland’s decision to exclude training time from the calculation of doctors’ working time “encroaches on that minimum rest period”.

The health service will have to appoint significant numbers of additional doctors and re-configure existing hospital services in some areas if it is t(...)

Dr Wajiha Zia of University Hospital Waterford at the Overseas Medics of Ireland meeting in Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke

Ireland’s reliance on international medical graduates is among the highest of the OECD countries: 34 per cent of doctors working in Ireland were tr(...)

HSE says current results from verification exercise “has identified 91 per cent overall compliance in relationship to achievement of maximum 24-hour shifts” for non-consultant hospital doctors. Photograph: Hugh MacKnight/PA Wire

Up to a third of the State’s hospitals have been found to have made insufficient progress in reducing the working hours of non-consultant hospital doc(...)

Doctors on  the picket line at the St James Hospital yesterday afternoon. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin.

The Irish Medical Organisation (IMO) has said further industrial action in the dispute over working hours of non- consultant hospital doctors has not (...)

Picket lines outside the Mater hospital in Dublin, yesterday. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Minister for Health James Reilly has said that hospital managers who breach rules on working hours for non-consultant doctors would be relieved of com(...)

 Junior doctors on picket duty outside St Vincents Hospital in Dublin this morning. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

The Irish Medical Organisation has said it had received an invitation to attend talks at the Labour Relations Commission on the doctor’s strike tomorr(...)

HSE management yesterday instructed senior staff to reactivate previously prepared contingency arrangements for the strike, which is expected to affect up to 15,000 patients.

Hospitals around the country have begun cancelling outpatient appointments and elective surgery planned for next Tuesday because of the strike by non-(...)

The strike is likely to result in considerable disruption to hospitals around the country, with only emergency, oncology and dialysis services definitely unaffected.

The Health Service Executive has urged junior doctors to reconsider plans for a one- day strike next week.The Irish Medical Organisation (IMO) has ann(...)

Photograph: Hugh Macknight/PA Wire
Junior doctor strike deferred

A planned strike next Wednesday by Irish Medical Organisation (IMO) junior doctors has been deferred for a week to allow the IMO to consider HSE propo(...)

Junior doctors are demanding an end to shifts over 24 hours and an agreement for compliance with the European directive by the end of next year. Photograph: Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland

The Health Service Executive has referred the industrial action called by junior doctors to the Labour Relations Commission. The HSE said it was seeki(...)