Nurses call off industrial action at emergency departments

Health Minister Leo Varadkar has welcomed the move

Emergency departments, strike, called off, overcrowding, INMO, Liam Doran, Leo Varadkar,

Liam Doran, general secretary of the INMO | Image:

Planned industrial action has been called off by nurses at seven of the country's emergency departments.

Members of the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) voted 71% in favour of revised proposals from the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) to tackle overcrowding and staffing at emergency departments.

Health Minister Leo Varadkar has welcomed the vote saying: "I can assure staff of my personal commitment to seeing that the agreement is implemented in full".

"We are making progress in reducing (emergency department) overcrowding. The number of patients on trolleys today is 20% lower than it was this day last year, in spite of the influenza outbreak".

"This shows that our plan is working but there is a long way to go yet. We will need sustained actions and improvements over the coming years and I am more determined than ever to see that through", he added.

General-Secretary of the INMO is Liam Doran.

He says part of these proposals will involve weekly meetings between senior management and nurses.