TUI general secretary John MacGabhann (right) on a teachers’ protest outside Greenhills College in Dublin in 2018. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

ASTI understood to have sought much larger compensation package

Fianna Fáil  criticised Minister for Health Simon Harris over a failure to set out the cost of the nurses’ deal when answering a parliamentary question last week. Photograph: Alan Betson

Agreement that ended strike to cost €48 million this year, Department of Health says

The union said that 93 per cent of members had voted in favour for directing its members to only attend meetings which were in compliance with the agreed arrangements. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

ASTI likely to direct members to only attend meetings about reforms during school hours

It emerged on Wednesday that prizes of up to €500 had been offered to wards at St James’s Hospital that sent the most patients who had completed their treatment to the discharge lounge by 11.00am. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Minister says wording of promotion at St James’s Hospital was ‘a bit off’

The IMO  said it was looking at strike action on foot of “the Government’s continual failure to meaningfully engage on measures to address the recruitment and retention crisis among the medical profession”

IMO says its key demands are an end to a two-tier pay system and for the recruitment of more consultants for public hospitals

Stewarts Care is one of the country’s largest organisations providing services for people with disabilities. Photograph: Eric Luke

Litany of errors led to man roaming near motorway after swimming outing

Stewarts Care said its board and senior management accepted and took full responsibility “for the findings of the independently conducted investigation into the events of April 2nd last.”

Man found by gardaí walking along grass verge in middle of a dual carriageway

Under existing rules only consultants with a specific type of contract are permitting to treat fee-paying patients in private hospitals. Photograph: The Irish Times

Action related to allegedly breaching rules governing off-site practice, says HSE report

INMO: Up to November 29th, 108,364 people had queued for a hospital bed at some stage

INMO seeking formal intervention by Health Information and Quality Authority

The National Union of Journalists (NUJ) has said calls by journalists at RTÉ in support of pay cuts for top earners at the broadcaster are inconsistent with its official policy.

Union sub branch in RTÉ last week said pay should be capped at €208,000

Private sector workers are now receiving much higher pay rises than those on offer to staff working for the State, the largest public service trade union has said.

Fórsa says no new national public service pay accord in place to succeed current deal

Pay for newly-qualified Defence Force personnel is ‘competitive’ – Department

 There has been a surge in the number of people waiting for admission to hospitals over recent weeks. File photograph: Getty Images

University Hospital Limerick worst affected by overcrowding, according to INMO

The chairman of the new national children’s hospital told the Oireachtas committee on health that he hopes the delays to its construction can be made up. File photograph

Chair of national children’s hospital says only €1m in additional costs have been paid

Minister for Health Simon Harris. File photograph: Dara MacDónaill

‘I want to look at how we can end the two-tier reality,’ says Minister for Health

The INMO said the hospital worst hit by overcrowding was University Hospital Limerick

University Hospital Limerick worst affected by overcrowding, according to INMO

The department is preparing a list of notifiable patient safety incidents for the mandatory open disclosure proposals. Photograph: Thinkstock

Hospitals to face penalties if staff fail to notify patients of serious incidents

Minister for Transport Shane Ross: “Irish Rail has been encouraging employees to report all safety-critical issues, including threatening and violent behaviour.” Photograph: Laura Hutton

Anti-social behaviour drives unions’ demand for special security units on buses and trains

GoSafe said it remained available to explore how the current staff representative body and Siptu could work together for those employees that each represent. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

GoSafe staff have held a series of strikes recently in dispute over working conditions

Proposal by management to cut the pay of top-level contract presenters by 15 per cent ‘does not go far enough’, say journalists

Members of National Union of Journalists say plan to cut top pay by 15% insufficient

Siptu said the HSE would pay out over €200m on agency personnel this year.

Union urges Oireachtas group to run rule over finder fees paid to employment agencies

Underspending in the Department of Defence allocation would be used to offset additional expenditure required to meet the cost of Army pensions.

Health service set to receive almost €340m in additional funding under fresh estimates

The union’s health division chief Paul Bell told the committee ‘the system of approval for the filling of vacancies  . . . is designed to frustrate’. File photograph: Alan Betson

System for filling vacancies in health service is designed to frustrate, says Siptu

The union represents about 19,000 members in second level schools, colleges of further and adult education and Institutes of Technology/Technological Universities.  Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times.

Stoppage marks major escalation of campaign over two-tier pay system

Management at Dundalk IT had also agreed to the withdrawal of a planned proposal to create a fifth school at the facility, the TUI said.

Management to pursue status of Technological University

The general secretary of the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation  Phil Ní Sheaghdha. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

New €26m plan to focus on homecare packages and moves to ease overcrowding

The general secretary of the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) Phil Ni Sheaghdha said people were now afraid to go to public hospitals. File Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

General secretary of INMO says people are now afraid to go to public hospitals

Department of Health research found that eliminating private medicine in public hospitals could free up 2,100 existing beds and reduce waiting lists by up to 25 per cent. Photograph: iStock

Consultants say Minister’s suggestion that move would free up 2000 beds was ‘misleading’

TUI said members had grave and growing concerns regarding the Dundalk Institute of Technology’s strategic future

Union says dispute centres on management failure to consult on strategic future

The INMO said 100,457 patients had gone without beds in Irish hospitals in 2019 so far this year. File image: Alan Betson

Fórsa union warns HSE over plan to reduce number of health service managers

Phil Ní Sheaghdha, INMO general secretary, said the HSE’s refusal to fill vital, frontline posts was  weakening services. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

Union says public health service could close this Friday unless the HSE fills vacant posts

Entrance to RTÉ HQ  at Donnybrook in Dublin. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Strike action not ruled out as management to be asked specifics of ‘work-practice changes’

Nurses striking –  and winning –  pay deal in February 2019. Photograph: Alan Betson

Move would depart from ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach of previous public service pay deals

The State Claims Agency last week said it had paid out €208 million in damages to plaintiffs in relation to medical negligence cases since the start of the year. Photograph: iStock

Doctors call for reforms of existing system of resolving negligence claims

Minister for Health, Simon Harris. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Government may buy health facilities to use as elective patient hospitals

 RTÉ HQ at Donnybrook. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Cost-cutting measures floated by management include end to ardfheiseanna coverage

The RTÉ campus, Donnybrook, Dublin 4, as the broadcaster announced it will cut some 200 jobs next year. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Broadcaster hopes to generate €50m from second land sale at Donnybrook campus

The RTÉ Guide currently has a circulation of 43,000 according to the latest Audit Bureau of Circulation figures. The publication has about 12 staff.

Union members says they are ‘absolutely opposed’ to publication’s disposal

Speed camera staff on strike will protest outside Leinster House.

Go Safe says bulk of its services will be running despite industrial action

If approved in a ballot of members, the Irish Medical Organisation is likely to opt for an escalating campaign of industrial action. File photograph: PA Wire

Out-patient clinics could be hit in inital phase of any industrial action

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said there had been no increase on the 2019 budget allocation for the building. File photograph: The Irish Times

Robust defence to be mounted against claims, says chief of hospital development board

The IMO will on Wednesday urge its hospital doctors to support a vote on industrial action. File photograph: Getty Images

Hospitals could face disruption after Christmas amid row over pay and recruitment

The latest figures represent a decrease from near-record number of patients who were queuing for a hospital bed on Tuesday. File photograph: Alan Betson

Daily trolley numbers fall slightly on near-record levels reported on Tuesday

Hospital overcrowding on Tuesday reached the highest levels this year and the second-highest level recorded, says the INMO

INMO reports 679 patients queuing for a bed across the State on Tuesday

The INMO said the numbers on trolleys in October was the second highest monthly figure since it began its daily assessment of the issue.

INMO says University Hospital Galway is worst affected by overcrowding

 CervicalCheck campaigners leaving Leinster House on the day the Taoiseach made a formal State apology to those affected. File photograph: Tom Honan

Scoping exercise into whether staff have ‘case to answer’ established more than a year ago

HSE chief executive Paul Reid: his warning comes as hospital doctors meet next week to decide whether to take industrial action over pay and recruitment. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Doctor staffing has ‘consequences’ for patient care, says director general

Medical representative bodies maintain the current two-tier system can see consultants appointed after October 2012 receive up to €50,000 per year less than more longer-serving colleagues. Photograph: iStock

Dispute centres on pay and recruitment issues

The Connect trade union, which represents the craft workers concerned, said its members at Pfizer’s Ringaskiddy plant had rejected the proposals ‘quite decisively’. Photograph: Getty Images

Workers at neighbouring Cork plants divided on merit of new arrangements

Photograph: iStock

Dispute centres on restoration of pay for staff

The INMO said it had warned the HSE that current recruitment restrictions was “putting lives at risk”. File image: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

INMO records 11,452 patients on trolleys across the State this month

Nursing home replacement pic

About 90 older buildings set to be replaced or refurbished under €385m initiative

Minister for Public Expenditure Paschal Donohoe told the Cabinet preliminary talks with unions about a successor to the current public-service deal had looked at a local bargaining component. Photograph: Tom Honan

Minister says 27,000 days lost in public service due to strikes in first quarter of year

HSE CEO Paul Reid: said the hospital sector had received €6.5 million in funding to support the provision of termination of pregnancy services. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

HSE says it is experiencing ‘issues’ regarding the geographic availablity of terminations

The review said bus drivers were expected to interact well with customers and understand customer needs and to deal appropriately with anti-social or disruptive behaviour by passengers. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Union says driving bus in ‘concrete jungle’ is ‘onerous’ and will bring findings to pay talks

HSE chief executive Paul Reid: the revised structures will lead to resources being concentrated on frontline services. Photograph: Alan Betson

Consultants to be commissioned to advise on shape of central core of health authority

Some 19% of companies intend to increase ‘parents’ leave’, says Ibec. Photograph: iStock

More than 40% of companies plan to hire more workers, according to employers’ group

Siptu said a planned 72-hour strike by speed camera van workers was still scheduled to go ahead this weekend. Photograph: iStock

Siptu says planned strike this weekend will still go ahead

 Siptu said it was preparing to ballot members inSection 39 orgnaisations following the refusal of DPER to fully honour a recent pay restoration agreement. Photograph: iStock

Union accuses Government of turning its back on deal agreed earlier this year

The expert group recommended that all new consultant appointments should be to a Sláintecare contract which would allow them to conduct only public activity in public hospitals. Photograph: Thinkstock.

Health committee told all new consultants should be given Sláintecare contracts

Dr Donal de Buitléir is expected to tell the Oireachtas health committee on Wednesday that it is unfair that those with private health insurance or who can pay out of pocket are able to access services in public hospitals quicker. Photograph: iStock

Oireachtas committee to hear proposals could cost €650m per year

Nearly 1,000 school secretaries withdrew from carrying out work on public service systems and databases towards the end of September. Photograph: iStock

Disruption aimed at ending two-tier pay system and short-term contracts

In the letter, Mr Justice George Birmingham of the Court of Appeal wrote: ‘Our concern was not necessarily with the number of applicants but with the quality of applicants.’ Photograph: Collins Courts.

Letter reminds public service pay body of view expressed previously about judicial recruitment

Medical bodies argue that  lower pay rates for newer-entrant consultants has led to hospitals being unable to fill about 500 specialist posts on a permanent basis. File photograph: Getty

IMO warns vote will take place in 21 days unless move made to end two-tier pay system

Garda Commissioner Drew Harris. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Pay rates for Garda and HSE chiefs had to be ‘revised significantly’ to attract interest

Medical representative bodies maintain the current two-tier system can see consultants appointed after October 2012 receive up to €50,000 per year less than more longer-serving colleagues

Minister of Health’s letter for upcoming process suggests it will focus on healthcare reforms

Under new legislation, a person will be deemed not to have agreed to be a donor if they had, while alive, registered their wish not to become one. Photograph: Peter Dazeley via Getty

Donor group says creating an opt-out-only register is a ‘huge missed opportunity’

The IMO said that on foot of a lower pay system for consultants appointed after October 2012, there were 500 vacant posts and over 100 non-specialist doctors working in specialist posts. File Photograph: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

Irish Medical Organisation says proposals ‘making the situation worse, not better’

Paschal Donohoe wrote to Simon Harris indicating he wanted an embargo on introducing new drugs until the end of the year.

Donohoe told Harris in August he wanted ban on new medicines for remainder of year

Minister for Public Expenditure Paschal Donohoe said he had instructed his officials to evaluate the proposal to re-establish the review body. Photograph: Tom Honan

Current ad-hoc approach not desirable or sustainable, public-service pay body says

Overcrowding at University Hospital Limerick has again hit very high  levels, with 80 patients waiting for admission in its emergency department on Tuesday.

INMO says Limerick University Hospital is worst hit with 80 patients waiting for a bed

Minister for Health Simon Harris at Wednesday’s press briefing on Budget 2020. Last weekend, the leadership of the Irish Hospital Consultants Association passed a motion of no confidence in the Minister. Photograph: Alan Betson

Minster says Government will pay for deal on pay parity with doctors if agreement reached

Kevin Callinan, general secretary of Fórsa, said the Government must change industrial relations legislation ‘to ensure not just the right to organise but the right to bargain effectively’.

Fórsa leader says Government must change industrial relations legislation

The Irish health system has never made any plans for the increased feminisation of medicine.

Exodus from service due to culture and lack of cover for maternity leave

The review says that in recent years public service pay has been prioritised over other forms of current expenditure.

State’s wage bill could grow to €24 billion per year under various Government employment models

The review says the numbers presenting at hospital emergency departments have risen at a faster rate than could be accounted for solely by demographic factors. Photograph: Getty Images

Review says free GP care for children under the age of six did not result in fall in emergency unit attendances

Universal access to GP care has been an ambition of politicians for years, though it has only begun in earnest in recent years with under-6s and people over 70. File photograph: Getty

Universal free family doctor services could cost €840m per year, spending review warns

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe said a review of the Civil Service would ‘consider the location of support offices and services to ensure consistency’ with the goals of the Government’s national development plan.

Donohoe says future needs will be different in terms of skills mix, technology and geographical footprint

An additional one million home help hours are to be provided next year in an attempt to reduce waiting lists for the service and speed up departures from the State’s hospitals.

Difficulties getting support in the home has seen people older people stuck in hospitals

Patricia King, general secretary of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Trade union calls on Irish Government to consider measures to protect incomes

Joe O’Flynn: Boris Johnson government is  “destructive and pompous”. Photograph: Peter Summers/PA

Union seeks emergency legislation to ban evictions of tenants and mortgage-holders

The Taoiseach had signalled changes to the help-to-buy scheme, saying some couples who could already afford a deposit were benefitting. File photograph: Getty

Budget move to ensure couples who can ‘well afford to buy’ will not be unfairly subsidised

Regina Doherty, Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection, who   will bring proposals to the Cabinet this week. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Cabinet to hear proposals for 30c rise to set minimum wage for adults at €10.10 per hour

Dr Laura Durcan, vice-president of the IHCA with president Dr Donal O’Hanlon, Dr Gabrielle Colleran and Martin Varley, the association’s secretary general, at the launch of its pre-Budget 2020 submission. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/ The Irish Times

IHCA to ‘significantly escalate’ its campaign over two-tier pay system for specialists

Minister for Finance Paschal  Donohoe will have €2.8b   to spend on budget day, although €2.1bn   has already been committed. Photograph: Getty Images

Reports of Government tensions over next year’s education budget due to costs of pay, pensions

As of July 2019, the Health Service Executive’s financial deficit was €281m.

Breach of guidelines will trigger sanction of first charge on budgets, cautions Paul Reid

The Health Service Executive said that those waiting for home support are assessed and provided with a new or additional service as soon as possible. File photograph: Getty

‘I am embarrassed and yes I am apologising for that on a daily basis,’ admits Jim Daly

 Minister for Health Simon Harris pictured with Monica Uí Dúill and her baby Liam on Monday. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Medical organisations say about 500 consultant posts remain permanently unfilled

A Google Earth view of  Roslyn Park  on Strand Road, Sandymount, Dublin 4

C&AG report says offer of €20.5 million for Sandymount site was 24% above valuation

Staff working privately operated speed camera firm GoSafe are taking industrial action over their working conditions.  File photograph: Frank Miller

Road policing units to step in while GoSafe employees take industrial action

The IMO said that hospital consultants employed after October 2012 were paid up to €50,000 less than colleagues appointed before that date. Photograph: Thinkstock

IMO warns patients could face “chaotic” winter amid dispute over two-tier pay

Filew photograph Minister with responsibility for Defence, Paul Kehoe with Chief of Staff of the Defence Forces, Vice-Admiral Mark Mellett  (on left of Minister). Photograph: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

Criticism by defence forces personnel of Paul Kehoe has increased markedly in recent months

Raco is seeking the establishment of a stand-alone pay review body for the Defence Forces. Photograph: Alan Betson

Representative Association for Commissioned Officers says measures accepted

Defence Forces members. File photo. Photograph: Alan Betson

In bid to retain staff Government expected to review status quo

“Collectively we need to talk about what is good about our health system...not just what is wrong. Consultants have a role in this too.” Photograph: Getty Images

Fianna Fáil pledges to end two-tier pay system for hospital consultants appointed since 2012 if it leads the next government

A doctor is now twice as likely to die by suicide than a member of the general population, the annual conference of the Irish Hospital Consultants Association (IHCA) has been told.   Photograph: iStock

Consultant burnout impacting on patients with diminished quality of care, says IHCA

Dr Donal O’Hanlon, president of the Irish Hospital Consultants Association and Dr Laura Durcan, IHCA vice president and consultant rheumatologist, Beaumont Hospital, pictured at the IHCA’s annual conference at the Radisson Blu St Helen’s Hotel, Stillorgan, Co Dublin. Photograph: Robbie Reynolds

Acute hospitals face ‘horrendous’ winter if ‘Aussie flu’ hits Ireland, conference hears

The opening of the new national children’s hospital is at risk due to shortages of senior medical staff, hospital consultants have warned.  Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

HSE budget overrun hits €230 million up to end of July, despite spending curbs

Minister for Health Simon Harris has pulled out of a planned address to the annual conference of the Irish Hospital Consultants Association in Dublin on Saturday. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Simon Harris has a ‘diary issue’ that prevents him addressing the IHCA on Saturday

Staff operating speed camera vans on behalf of the State are to stage a 24-hour work stoppage on Saturday September 28th in a dispute over working conditions.

Dispute at GoSafe Ireland centres on working conditions

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