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Row between HSE and agency staff could affect surgeries

Agency staff at hospitals have been advised not to present themselves for works after the HSE announced plans to cut their rate of pay.

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ELECTIVE SURGERIES AT some hospitals might have to be postponed because of a standoff between the HSE and agency nursing staff.

Following a decision by the HSE to reduce the rates of pay for agency and support staff, some nursing unions have advised members not to agree to work for lower rates.

RTÉ reports that 14 of the 16 agency midwives at Cork University Hospital announced that they were unavailable for work today. The HSE confirmed that a small number hospitals may need to reschedule elective surgeries.

The HSE says it will save €40 million a year by cutting the pay rates for support staff.

IrishHealth.ie reports that agency staff are being used in large numbers to fill in for staff vacancies.

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