Oncology and radiotherapy nurses to begin work-to-rule at Cork University Hospital

Management at the hospital say they are 'extremely disappointed' at the decision

Oncology and radiotherapy nurses to begin work-to-rule at Cork University Hospital

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Nurses at the oncology and radiotherapy ward at Cork University Hospital will begin a work-to-rule from tomorrow amid a dispute over staffing levels.

The Irish Independent reports no agreement was reached during talks today aimed at averting the action, which is due to get underway from 8am tomorrow.

Patients are being assured that direct care will not be impacted at the hospital.

During the work to rule, the INMO members will withdraw from clerical and support duties prioritise direct nursing care.

The Executive Management Board at the hospital has said they are 'extremely disappointed' in the INMO decision.

In a statement, they said: "We consider this action to be entirely disproportionate and unwarranted given the comprehensive recruitment campaign undertaken by hospital management which has resulted in excess of 100 appointments to the grade of staff nurse at Cork University Hospital in the last twelve months."  

The board adds that it "urgently requests" the industrial action to be deferred during the industrial relations process, with the parties involved being offered "an opportunity to re-engage at conciliation week" at the WRC from Monday.