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Hospital workers ballot in support of industrial ballot, but might not affect services

The action involves five hospitals in the Limerick group.

Updated 9.44pm

IMPACT WORKERS AT five hospitals in the Limerick group have balloted in favour of industrial action action.

It is understood these are admin and not frontline staff.

However, in a statement this evening, an assistant general secretary at the union said that it is not “envisaged” that it will affect services in anyway.

“This industrial action is designed to highlight the opposition of hospital staff to the excessive and unwarranted salary payments to a senior manager through a management consultancy,” Andy Pike said.

He claimed that the hospital needs extra administration staff to handle increased demands and that the money spent on just one management consultant could be used to hire “at least” five clerical staff.

He believes that some senior managers are being paid “at least twice the correct rate for the job”.

The hospitals involved are:

  • University Hospital Limerick
  • Limerick Maternity Hospital
  • Croom Orthopedic Hospital
  • Nenagh General Hospital
  • Ennis General Hospital

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Impact have written to John McGuinness, chairmen of the Dáil’s spending watchdog, to set out its concerns about governance and salaries at the hospital group.

The Public Accounts Committee last week asked HSE bosses to investigation the €250,000 salary of one senior manager.

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