The Irish Medical Organisation has said Health Service Executive proposals on reducing the working hours of non-consultant hospital doctors do not go far enough to warrant putting them to a ballot of members.

Following an eight-hour meeting of the NCHD Committee, the IMO said the HSE was in breach of European directives by routinely requiring NCHDs to work over 48 hours per week.

The IMO said some of them are working up to 100 hours a week.

It said it was now reverting to the HSE seeking greater detail regarding implementation plans, including verification processes and sanctions for non-compliance with European rules.

The committee will meet again on Thursday to consider responses from the HSE.

The 24-hour strike originally planned for Wednesday remains suspended.