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Doctors' union advises members to reject Croke Park 2 deal

The Irish Medical Organisation’s council unanimously recommends a No vote when members are balloted next month.

The IMO's Steve Tweed said the organisation would campaign for a No vote.
The IMO's Steve Tweed said the organisation would campaign for a No vote.
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THE PROFESSIONAL BODY representing Ireland’s doctors has recommend that its members vote to reject the proposed ‘Croke Park 2′ deal.

The council of the Irish Medical Organisation today unanimously agreed to recommend that doctors reject the measures when they are put to a ballot later this month.

The IMO, along with the INMO which represents nurses and midwives, had left the public sector pay talks the evening before the proposals were finalised.

The IMO’s director of industrial relations Steve Tweed said the association would now campaign ‘strongly’ to secure the rejection of the proposals.

“Our opposition to these proposals is based first and foremost on the risk we believe these proposals pose to patient safety and care,” Tweed said in a statement this evening.

“As far as our members are concerned, these proposals are designed to force doctors in public hospitals to work longer hours for less pay and that poses a real danger to the lives of the patients those doctors have to treat and to the health and well being of the doctors themselves.”

Read: Taoiseach says Croke Park proposals do not target frontline workers

Explainer: How do workers decide whether Croke Park II is approved?

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