Ambulance staff in Waterford resume industrial action

Talks with the HSE yesterday have failed

Ambulance staff at Waterford resumed their industrial action this morning and will continue for the next four days, according to the UNITE union.

A number of key issues including working hours and break times have been raised in the build-up to this move. In addition, staff say that since the south east area was integrated in the National Emergency Operations Centre in Tallaght last summer, a number of problems have emerged.

These include emergency crews being deployed to non-essential duties, leaving little or no emergency cover in Waterford city and county.

UNITE held negotiations with the HSE yesterday but they say that the talks have failed to produce a mutually acceptable resolution. They stress however, that this will not have any adverse impact on patient safety.