Six Hospitals Face Nurse Stoppages

Thousands of nurses and midwives are to stage one-hour work stoppages outside six medical facilities today. Escalating their campaign for better pay and working hours, hospitals and psychiatric services in Sligo, Louth and Cork will be hit with the industrial action.

From 11am to noon, staff will picket at Sligo General Hospital and Sligo/Leitrim Mental Health Services; Louth County Hospital, and Dundalk and Louth Mental Health Services; and Bantry General Hospital and West Cork Mental Health Services.

More work stoppages are planned for Dublin, Laois and Clare tomorrow.

Meanwhile, a nationwide work to rule remains in place all around the country, with nurses and midwives refusing to carry out non-nursing duties such as answering telephones, IT inputting, and clerical work.

More than 40,000 nurses and midwives belonging to the Irish Nurses Organisation (INO) and the Psychiatric Nurses Association (PNA) are demanding a 35-hour working week for their members and a 10.5% pay increase, outside of the Government’s benchmarking process.