A nurses’ union has warned  that there could be  24-hour stoppages in hospitals across the State if concerns over pay are not addressed. File photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times.

INMO says its members work longer but are paid less than physios and speech therapists

The INMO said it envisaged that any strike action would involve a 24-hour stoppage in all hospitals.

INMO has set two-week deadline for Government to table ‘realistic’pay offer

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has met widespread criticism since saying hospitals were effectively closed for seven of the 12 days of Christmas and new year. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Authority to give winter plan to Government in wake of Varadkar remarks on holidays

The findings emerged from an online consultation in which about 26% of the ICGP’s 3,500 members took part. Photograph: iStock

Irish College of General Practitioners finds 35% of family doctors say they will carry out terminations

There are 525 patients who require admission to a hospital waiting on trolleys in emergency departments or on wards for a bed on Thursday, nurses have said.

INMO says hospitals in Limerick and Cork experiencing high overcrowding

Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) said if members backed the proposals, industrial action would involve a 24-hour stoppage in all hospitals. However any industrial action is unlikely to take place until mid December at the earliest.

Members of INMO overwhelmingly rejected Government pay proposals

“Two extreme weather events occurred during winter 2017/2018, namely Storm Ophelia and Storm Emma. The severity of such storms and their effects on the healthcare system were profound”

The analysis found emergency department presentations have increased on average by 3.9% annually over the past two years

Minister for Health Simon Harris said on Monday he was “worried” about the impact on patients attending hospital over the coming winter period. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Plan to be submitted to Department of Health for approval in coming days

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has defended the Minister for Health Simon Harris and said the HSE’s practice of passing its problems onto the Department of Health needs to change.  Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

‘Anything he may lack in experience or age, he makes up in commitment,’ Varadkar says

The Government says between 18,000 and 20,000 nurses could benefit from its proposals. Photograph: Frank Miller

HSE has offered new talks with INMO in an attempt to avert industrial action

Minister for Health Simon Harris: A  confidential letter sent  to the HSE suggests that hospitals and health agencies that perform well will see increased funding. Photograph:  Garrett White

Funds had been earmarked for the provision of additional hospital beds

A spokeswoman for Simon Harris said: ‘Tony O’Brien took the decision to step down from his post. The Minister believes that was the right decision.’

Taoiseach intervenes as Tony O’Brien compares Minister to ‘a frightened little boy’

Minsiter for Health Simon Harris speaking in Farmleigh in Dublin on Friday. Photograph: Maxwell Photography

Minister says contingency plans are being made but there is no stockpiling of drugs

It is understood that the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation will be invited to attend direct talks with the HSE, possibly on November 8th.

New negotiations likely to be scheduled for end of next week

The HSE has said it did not recognise the PNA or its Nasra branch as a negotiating body for ambulance personnel. File  photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Union members stage demonstration ahead of planned overtime ban next week

Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation general secretary Phil Ni Sheaghdha.

INMO declines to attend meeting of oversight committee after rejecting pay proposals

“The mood among transport workers has changed dramatically on the back of a number of assaults across both our train and bus services,” a union leader said.

Warning follows stabbing on board a train travelling from Dublin to Drogheda

Five hospitals said to have 500 patients on trolleys this month

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe has signalled the Government’s €200 million deal on new-entrant pay is as far as it is prepared to go. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Proposal to end two-tier pay rejected by INTO and accepted by TUI, with ASTI still to decide

Announcing the result of the ballot of INTO members on the two-tier pay system, general secretary Sheila Nunan said the proposal by Government failed to signal an end to pay inequality for all new entrants.  Photograph Nick Bradshaw

INTO leadership to consider industrial action at meeting next week

Dublin Castle in May 2018 after the abortion referendum count: GPs are seeking an egm to discuss whether general practice is the appropriate setting for abortion services.   Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Move may complicate Government plans to introduce terminations from January

Fórsa said its members would not be making or taking phone calls, video conferencing or responding to or forwarding emails. Photograph: iStock

Scheme could see staff receiving higher pay

TUI president Seamus Lahart said teacher recruitment problems are evident “both across the country and across a broad range of subjects including, but not limited to, modern languages, mathematics, science, Irish, home economics and the technologies”. Photograph: Getty Images

Members back Government initiative to phase out lower pay rates

Simon Harris said Storm Emma which led to widespread snowfall across the country earlier this year, cost the health service about €40 million

Oireachtas health committee discussing €700m overrun in spending by HSE in 2018

Minister for Health Simon Harris  said a number of areas within the HSE were contributing to the overspend in 2018.  Photograph:  Garrett White, Collins

Care for people covered by UK health system but residing in Ireland is reimbursed by UK

Archaeologists for Rubicon at work on a site in Dublin. File Photograph

Pay deal for staff in archeological consultancy firm to run for 27 months

Trade union Fórsa,which represents the staff concerned, said the move is part of a campaign to secure  comprehensive job evaluation. File photograph: Getty Images

Move comes from library, clerical and administrative staff at State’s 14 tech institutes

The HSE objective in the preliminary scoping exercise is “to determine whether there are people who have a case to answer”. File photograph: Getty Images

Panel to weigh potential disciplinary action and file recommendations to personnel chief

Minister for Health Simon Harris: said the compensation  tribunal would take a number of months to establish as primary legislation would be required. File Photograph:  Garrett White/Collins

HSE asks external advisers to see if staff should face disciplinary action over controversy

The  Psychiatric Nurses Association  said that from 7am on November 7th, the union’s members would not make themselves available for additional shifts outside of their rostered hours. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Row centres over representation rights and deduction of union subscriptions from pay

Vicky Phelan has urged Simon Harris to provide assurances on how the adversarial nature of the proposals could be minimised. Photograph:  Niall Carson/ PA Wire

Justice Meenan to devise an alternative to court for dealing with CervicalCheck claims

A file image of  INMO members protesting outside  St Vincent’s Hospital in Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Significant increase in chance of industrial action in hospitals, mental health services

A file image of nurses protesting outside  Connolly Hospital, Blanchardstown in Dublin about overcrowding. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation says worst overcrowding is Limerick hospital

Some nurses could benefit from both of these Government pay proposals. But others would see no improvement in their pay at all from the initiatives. File photograph: Frank Miller

INMO special conference had urged members to turn down pay proposals

Library, clerical and administrative staff at institutes of technology across the Republic have commenced industrial action. File photograph: David Sleator

Union’s move comes amid dispute over demand for job evaluation scheme

If the ASTI’s 17,000 members reject the new pay proposals, its leadership would then meet again to decide the next steps. Photograph: iStock

ASTI decides to ballot union members without giving a recommendation

The rate at which labs process slides has slowed considerably since the summer because of concerns raised by the rate of litigation. Photograph: iStock

Staff in one private lab would be offered posts in public service under new proposals

A Ryanair worker taking part in a protest in Valencia, Spain, in September. Photograph: Heino Kalis/File Photo/Reuters

Airline dismisses claims it is punishing industrial action and defends need for closures

Simon Harris: ‘It was disgraceful conduct. He should apologise and correct the record of the Dáil’. Photograph: Collins

Former tánaiste was ‘hounded’ from office, senior Minister claims

The National Ambulance Service staff engaging in the industrial action are members of the National Ambulance Service Representative Association. Photograph: Alan Betson

Dispute centres on union representation rights and deduction of subscription

Fórsa said its members would not be making or taking phone calls, video conferencing or responding to or forwarding emails. Photograph: iStock

Fórsa serves notice on behalf of library and clerical staff seeking job evaluation process

A deal with GPs on new services and working arrangements is key to the Government’s overall healthcare reforms

IMO says it is expecting Government to put forward serious proposals

Photograph: iStock

Review says nurses in GP practices should do routine procedures and triage patients

The staff engaging in the industrial action are members of the union’s National Ambulance Service Representative Association (Nasra) branch. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Dispute centres on union representation rights and deduction of subscription

A spending review has criticised the  HSE for ‘a re-occurring trend’ of significantly increasing recruitment toward the end of the year. Photograph: Getty

Review says health service consistently fails to manage within its budget allocation

INMO says University Hospital Limerick is most affected by overcrowding

The overall health budget is set to be €17.2 billion, an increase of 6.6 per cent, with new and existing measures grouped under the Sláintecare heading.  File photograph: iStockPhoto

Health and housing to be main focus with mild income tax cuts for middle earners

The threshold at which people hit the lower 2%  USC rate, which is levied on income between €12,000 and €19, 000, will be widened by €500 to take account of a 25 cent increase in the minimum wage

All social welfare payments will increase by €5 from next year, with the Christmas bonus restored to a double payment

The IHCA conference has heard there are difficulties in attracting specialists to work in the planned new facility.  Photograph: Eric Luke

Minister says he accepts the two-tier pay system for consultants is unfair and has to be addressed

Under the current plans the new National Maternity Hospital would be relocated on the campus of St Vincent’s Hospital at Elm Park.

Minister says he hopes to ‘green light’ the project by the end of this year

Some workers are forced by  employers to declare themselves as self-employed rather than employees. Photograph: iStock

Government to stamp out practice ‘that remains widespread in a growing construction industry’

IHCA President Dr Donal O’Hanlon said: “Consultants are concerned that some patients will lose vision permanently and irreversibly as a result of the delays.” Photograph: Thinkstock

Consultants’ concerns about impact of large waiting lists aired at conference

The IMO has said GPs should not be treated any differently to other public servants in terms of a process for restoration of austerity cuts. Photograph: Thinkstock

IMO seeks time limit on talks about new services and working arrangements

Siptu organiser Paul Bell told the union’s health division conference in Cork on Tuesday that a job evaluation review had found that healthcare assistants  were entitled to an upgrade. file photograph: PA

Job reviews could lead to healthcare assistants receiving pay boost of up to € 4,000

 Minister of State for Disability Issues Finian McGrath TD told the Siptu conference that he sees himself ‘as a voice of workers’ within the health services. File photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Minister of State addresses Siptu health conference on his support for public sector health workers

The WRC, Labour Court Workplace Relations Commission at Landsdowne House Photograph: Alan Betson

Healthcare assistants largest group to benefit from new pay deal

Minister for Health Simon Harris. File photograph:  Gareth Chaney/Collins

Minister says 600 additional hospital beds will be delivered within three years

In a sample of staff P60 forms a payment of €16,691 was uncovered in 2015 to one employee for time off in lieu.

Pressing matters identified in KARE organisation which helps the intellectually disabled

Staff working for State-funded voluntary organisations providing health and social services have agreed a deal on pay restoration. File photograph: PA Wire

More than 7,000 workers in ‘section 39 bodies’ to benefit

Some commuter services between towns in the east and Dublin, could be put out to the market in 2021. File photograph: Aidan Crawley

National Transport Authority proposes 10% of Bus Éireann routes should be put to market

Defence Forces: there are a number of outstanding pay adjudications which have been on hold, in some cases for years, as a result of the financial crisis. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Minister expected to rule out granting military personnel the right to strike

INMO says some hospitals experienced record overcrowding levels for a September

New deal is “a direct consequence of the then FG/Labour government decision to privatise State jobs”. Photograph: Alan Betson

Routes being taken over by Go-Ahead will lead to base and roster changes for some staff

Minister for Finance and Public Expenditure and Reform Paschal Donohoe:  property tax rate of 0.18 per cent  likely to be cut when new house valuations take effect from November 2019. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Independent Alliance pressure to unveil measure in budget resisted by Minister

The Comptroller & Auditor General says there are no systems for capturing time spent by a medical consultant on out-patient activities.

HSE generated over €300m in income from private patients in public hospitals last year

An estimated 1,700 people contracted Hep C as a result of contaminated blood and blood products.

Hepatitic C treatment costs range from €23,000 to €92,000, report says

The proposed reforms are aimed at making the system for securing work permits more flexible and responsive to emerging challenges. Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

Nearly 30% rise in applications for employment permits this year

In pre-budget submissions, IMO and IHCA urge Government to invest for years ahead

The TUI  stated that irrespective of the ballot outcome, its campaign would ‘continue until pay equality has been delivered’.

Teachers’ union declines to make recommendation on plan to tackle two-tier system

INMO members vote  during a meeting at Croke Park, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

INMO claims Government measures were ‘designed to be divisive’

A group of GPs opposed to the planned abortion law attended a meeting in the Oireachtas on Wednesday chaired by anti-abortion Independent TD Mattie McGrath. File photograph: Eric Luke.

Group of medics attend meeting chaired by anti-abortion TD Mattie McGrath to voice concerns

The Psychiatric Nurses’ Association said it had identified up to 700 nursing vacancies in mental health services across the country. Photograph: Frank Miller

Pay Commission finding that nurse retention is not an issue is ‘inaccurate’, says nurses’ group

Donohoe warns benefits will apply only to groups that stay within public service accord

The Government is expected to announce new proposals to end the controversial lower pay arrangements in place for about 60,000 staff who were recruited to the public service since 2011.

Initiative could be worth more than €3,000 a year for 35,000 staff recruited since 2011

Teachers from the INTO, ASTI and TUI protesting in March in advance of a Government report on pay equalisation. Photograph: Alan Betson

Teachers, nurses, gardaí hired since 2011 to benefit by average of about €3,300

The Irish Hospital Consultants Association say that if the Government does not remedy the pay problem Ireland will have lost, in another decade, most of a generation of the specialists that the country absolutely needs. Photograph: The Irish Times

Future of public hospital care at stake unless Government acts, says specialists’ association

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Doctors say Government tabled no concrete proposals at talks on Wednesday

The National Ambulance Service dispute centres on representation rights and the deduction of union subscriptions from members’ pay. File photograph: Alan Betson

Dispute centres on union representation rights and deduction of subscriptions

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said pay restoration for section 39 staff was not a straightforward issue “but it is one we want to resolve”. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Pay rise in January would be backdated to October under proposals put to unions

British Council chief  Ciaran Devane was also a former member of the board of NHS (National Health Service) England.  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

British Council chief Ciarán Devane will head up new board overseeing health executive’s operations

Bus Éireann staff may strike in a dispute over pay, the NBRU has warned. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times/File

NBRU general secretary says employees have not had wage increase in more than 10 years

Minister for Health Simon Harris. The Department of Health papers note that “a key issue for health agencies, where unfunded pension liabilities are recognised, is the absence of a matching pension asset”. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Voluntary providers could receive court orders if they continue with current practices

IMO president Dr Peadar Gilligan warned overcrowding will remain an issue if recommendations are not followed. Photograph: Shane O’Neill/ SON Photographic

IMO president Dr Peadar Gilligan tells conference health service is not ‘a black hole’

The  president of the Irish Medical Organisation (IMO), Dr Peadar Gilligan, pictured at a conference on access to healthcare  in Croke Park on Saturday. Photograph: Shane O’Neill/ SON Photographic.

President of IMO says right ‘level of diplomacy was not shown in all of the cases’

Funding pressures could mean the  new National Children’s Hospital will be delayed

Health service facing €110m funding gap as overall deficit forecast to reach €1.1bn

Minister for Health Simon Harris: The Department  refused on a number of occasions in recent weeks to say what projects could be affected by the current capital funding pressures. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw for The Irish Times

Minister warned Paschal Donohoe that Government capital plan was “unbalanced”

Highly placed sources within the HSE say the overrun this year could be between €750 million and a worst-case scenario of €1.1 billion.  Photograph: Alan Betson

Day-to-day HSE spending and insurance firm practices main culprits behind overspend

Thousands of Siptu members in State-funded organisations providing health and social care have deferred a one-day strike in a dispute over pay restoration.

Siptu decided to call off planned stoppage after intervention of Simon Harris

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar: is “embarrassed” for medical profession in wake of  Dr Gabriel  Scally’s report into the CervicalCheck controversy.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Varadkar says attitude of medical staff ‘knowing best’ goes beyond CervicalCheck

The Garda Representative Association says the new legislation would “only partly address existing deficiencies in industrial relations legislation governing An Garda Síochána”. File photograph: Gareth Chaney/ Collins

Garda body says planned new industrial relations legislation has inherent defects

 Dr Gabriel Scally during the launch of his report into the CervicalCheck screening programme, in Dublin on Wednesday. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

System ‘doomed to fail’ due to ‘demonstrable’ governance deficit, report says

Dr Gabriel Scally during a media briefing at Buswells Hotel, Dublin on Wednesday. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Dr Gabriel Scally recommends statutory duty of candour on individuals and organisations

The Irish Medical Council said it would it carefully consider the Scally report.  Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Council urged to strengthen guide to put practice of open disclosure beyond doubt

Dr Gabriel Scally yesterday briefed Minister for Health Simon Harris ahead of the publication of his 200-page report on Wednesday. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Review of Cervical check system says there was a whole system failure

Some northern line commuter services are no longer stopping at Portmarnock or Clongriffin. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Shorter carriages on more frequent services blamed for lack of capacity, overcrowding

IMO president Dr Peadar Gilligan said the level of anger among doctors about this issue made a strike more likely. Photograph: Shane O’Neill

Doctors claim pay differential could rise to €50,000 per year for those hired after 2012

 INMO director of industrial relations, Tony Fitzpatrick said: “The recruitment and retention crisis is deepening, with hundreds of nursing vacancies in hospitals across Ireland.”   Photograph: Frank Miller

Lunchtime protests over staffing to take place in Limerick, Cork and Galway

Minister for Health Simon Harris indicated he wished to see new powers for the minister under law to supervise hospitals. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Minister says he remains concerned about circumstances of death of Malak Thawley

Row centres of representation rights and the deduction of union subscriptions

The Public Service Pay Commission recommended a 20 per cent increases in some nursing allowances and improved access to some promotional posts. Photograph by Frank Miller

No generalised problem recruiting and retaining nurses and midwives, report says

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