A work-to-rule by nurses at the oncology and radiotherapy ward at Cork University Hospital is to go ahead tomorrow after talks between the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation and the hospital ended this afternoon without resolution.

Speaking afterwards, INMO Southern Industrial Relations Officer Mary Rose Carroll said the decision to go ahead with the industrial action was not taken lightly.

The ward's 22 nursing staff will withdraw from clerical and support duties and focus on patient care from 8am.

Ms Carroll said management did agree to implement the staffing levels of 27 recommended by the Labour Relations Commission, but no time frame was given, and said this is unacceptable.

There are currently five vacancies for nurses on the in-patient ward. 

Two night-time care assistants, also recommended by the LRC, have yet to be appointed.

Ms Carroll said nurses say they are being asked to do more and more, with fewer resources, and this is unsustainable.

The ward opened in October 2015.

A statement is awaited from Cork University Hospital on plans to deal with the work-to-rule.