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Doctors union to meet to discuss industrial action

The union voted overwhelmingly in favour of action yesterday, with 97 per cent of junior doctors saying yes.

THE IRISH MEDICAL Organisation will meet today to discuss upcoming industrial action.

The organisation, which represents doctors across the country, voted overwhelmingly in favour of action yesterday. A ballot of around 1,000 Non-Consultant Hospital, or junior, doctors returned a 97 per cent vote in favour of action.

Doctors are protesting against long hours, regularly in shifts in excess of 24 hours. They say that the hours are dangerous. The IMO wants the Department of Health to comply with European working time directives, which state that employees cannot work more than 48 hours in a week.

The union says that it will not include emergency services in the action and the two sides will meet to discuss the situation tomorrow.

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