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Unions/Hse Talks On The Recongifuration Of Acute Services In Mid West Collapse. 01/04/09

Due to a failure of the HSE to allow for time to comprehensively address the patient safety issues and staffing levels raised at the Labour Relations Commission on Wednesday 1st April, talks between the health service unions and the HSE have collapsed.

The unions have consistently requested a structure for negotiations to take place with the assistance of the LRC, inclusive of the unions’ concerns that, to date, the HSE have failed to produce written proposals and finalise protocols on the changes planned from next Monday 6th April to commence the reconfiguration process. Health service unions remain concerned that these issues are not being given the appropriate time for discussion and implementation to ensure that patient safety is not further compromised by a rushed closure of the A/E departments in Ennis and Nenagh given that the HSE only commenced engagement with the unions last week.

One such example is the absence of an agreed comprehensive protocol in relation to the self referral of emergency obstetric cases at either Ennis or Nenagh Hospital after 8pm and how that situation is to be managed locally by hospital staff on duty. Other protocols remain in draft format and will require a period of time to be agreed and implemented. All reasonable requests from the unions to the HSE, under the auspices of the LRC, to allow time for same have been rejected.

A meeting of all union members will take place tomorrow night at 19.30 hours in the South Court Hotel in Limerick to inform members of the lack of progress on these and other industrial relations issues and discuss alternative options available to the union members.

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