Doctors' working hours dispute talks suspended

Thursday 10 October 2013 20.10
Doctors striking over working hours
Doctors striking over working hours

Talks between the Health Service Executive and the Irish Medical Organisation in a bid to resolve the dispute over working hours for junior doctors have been suspended.

The discussions at the Labour Relations Commission are due to resume next Tuesday morning.

The IMO said "progress had been made" and the organisation will continue to engage in the process next week.

On Tuesday, 3,000 non consultant hospital doctors staged a one-day strike in protest over their working hours which exceed European Working Time limits.

They have indicated that further industrial action cannot be ruled out.

The HSE has undertaken that by 14 January 2014, no doctor will work a single shift longer than 24 hours, and that all hospitals will be fully compliant by the end of 2014.

However, the doctors want financial sanctions to be imposed where doctors are forced to work excessive hours.

The HSE has ruled out any sanctions that would involve additional payments for doctors.