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IMO to consider invitation to talks at the LRC

The union’s committee will meet this morning and will also discuss the next stage of industrial action following the yesterday’s 24-hour strike.

Doctors on the picket line outside the Mater Hospital in Dublin.
Doctors on the picket line outside the Mater Hospital in Dublin.
Image: Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland

THE Irish Medical Organisation is to consider an invitation to talks from the Labour Relations Commission when its committee meets this morning.

The union representing junior doctors will also discuss the next stage of industrial action following the 24-hour strike which finished at 12am last night.

The invitation to talks at the LRC followers a letter received by the IMO from the HSE accepting the need for sanctions to enforce rules on working hours.

Yesterday’s strike by 3,000 non-consultant hospital doctors strike affected about 7,400 patients, about half of what had been originally expected according to Health Minster James Reilly

Taoiseach Enda Kenny yesterday appealed to both parties to enter a new round of talks at the LRC in an attempt to end the dispute.

The IMO has insisted that talks are only an option if the HSE agree to sanctions for hospitals or managers.

The dispute centers around long working hours for junior doctors and the HSE’s ability to implement EU directives against 24-hour shifts

Read: Doctors dispute will not be resolved at the picket line – Minister >

Read: Taoiseach tells junior docs and HSE: “Go back into the LRC and sort this out” >

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