Minister for Public Expenditure Michael McGrath told The Irish Times last year that the Government would not commit to a full reversal of additional working hours, but would begin to examine the potential consequences of such a move.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney /Collins

Public service unions have welcomed a recommendation that working hours be restored to pre-Haddington Road Agreement levels from next July. The 2013(...)

The ambulance service is now at level-three surge capacity which means it is asking staff on annual leave to return to work if they can cancel their plans. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

A representative for the National Ambulance Service has called on the public to consider “alternative pathways” in medical emergencies because there c(...)

Student nurse Hannah Thomas from Blackrock, Co Dublin was among the members of the Psychiatric Nurses Association and Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation to protest outside Leinster House on Tuesday. Photograph: Tom Honan for The Irish Times.

Student nurses were being left “sleep deprived” from having to work part-time jobs alongside their placements in hospitals, in order to afford accommo(...)

Immunology expert professor Paul Moynagh expressed surprise that Niac had not yet given approval for the booster campaign for healthcare workers. Photograph: Christof Stache/AFP via Getty

The Department of Health has reported a further 2,855 new cases of Covid-19. The number of patients being treated in hospital was 515 as of 8am on Mon(...)

 Dr Cillian de Gascun, director of UCD National Virus Reference Laboratory, said Covid-19 vaccines had adequately protected health workers from illness but the Government could decide to boost immunity to avoid the hospital system coming under further pressure during the winter. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The Government could keep the hospitals safer this winter by giving healthcare workers a booster Covid-19 vaccine but it is not required from a scient(...)

‘The HSE need a laser-like focus on hospitals to get overcrowding figures down.’ Photograph: Frank Miller

Overcrowding in the country’s hospitals has reached its highest point since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, according to the Irish Nurses and Midw(...)

Minister for Public Expenditure Michael McGrath:  told the Dáil the additional hours were “of significant value to the State and critical to supporting the delivery of public services, including in frontline services in health, education, revenue and social protection”. Photograph: Alan Betson

Unless the Government delivers on rolling back additional, unpaid, working hours introduced for State employees in 2013 there will be real difficultie(...)

The conference on Friday is set to hear from nurses who will describe persistant symptoms months after they contracted coronavirus. File photograph: The Irish Times

The Coalition is committed to recognising the “great dedication” of nurses and all healthcare workers during the pandemic, Taoiseach Micheál Martin ha(...)

Minister for Public Expenditure Michael McGrath: ‘Crucially, these pay adjustments are progressive with those on lower incomes receiving proportionally greater pay increases.’

Trade unions are expected to commence talks with the Government on on a further pay deal for public service staff by the early summer of next year. A(...)

INMO general secretary Phil Ní Sheaghdha said there were some nurses working in intensive care units and emergency departments today who had not yet received the first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine . Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Healthcare workers were abandoned by the State after schools were closed and left to provide childcare for themselves with no support, representative (...)

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