Readers like you keep news free for everyone.

More than 5,000 readers have already pitched in to keep free access to The Journal.

For the price of one cup of coffee each week you can help keep paywalls away.

Support us today
Not now

Doctors' strike now suspended indefinitely as IMO seeks clarification

The strike was postponed for a week last Friday, but no date for the action is now being given by the doctors’ union.

Image: tired doctor via Shutterstock

THE STRIKE THREAT by junior doctors remains in place, but no date is now being given for the action.

The strike was moved to 2 October after talks between the HSE and doctors’ union the IMO last Friday. But the action has now been suspended indefinitely as the union seeks clarification on a number of proposals.

Those proposals include a commitment from the health service that no non-consultant hospital doctors would have to work a shift of longer than 24 hours from the date of 14 January — fulfilling one of the IMO’s key demands.

The HSE has also promised that working hours will be brought into line with a European directive on working hours by the end of next year.

Members of the IMO’s NCHD committee agreed last night to the further suspension of the strike as clarification is sought on the proposals.

Officials from both sides will be in contact today and tomorrow, with a further meeting of the committee planned for this Thursday to consider the response from the HSE.

Making a difference

A mix of advertising and supporting contributions helps keep paywalls away from valuable information like this article.

Over 5,000 readers like you have already stepped up and support us with a monthly payment or a once-off donation.

For the price of one cup of coffee each week you can make sure we can keep reliable, meaningful news open to everyone regardless of their ability to pay.

The proposals aimed at ending the dispute could then be put to a wider ballot of NCHD IMO members.

In the meantime, work is under way on a process of altering rosters and making sure shifts are brought down below 24 hours.

Read: Doctors’ strike off for a week as IMO considers deal >

Read: Nurses row in behind planned strike action >

About the author:

Daragh Brophy

Read next: