Talks at the Workplace Relations Commission aimed at resolving the HSE support staff pay dispute have adjourned until tomorrow afternoon.

As he left the talks, SIPTU Health Division Organiser Paul Bell said there was a bit more positivity around the discussion, and they were going to try to build on that. 

He said that today they had discussed the technicalities of the job evaluation process, the cost factors involved, and what implementation of pay rises would look like. 

He stressed that at this stage there was no commitment on implementation, but added that what was being worked on was whether it would be possible to implement, and from when. 

He said that by tomorrow they would have more information to exchange between the parties, and hoped they could work from there - but that it was too early to say if they could reach agreement.

Earlier, Mr Bell reiterated that if the dispute is not resolved, two further strikes are pending on Tuesday and Wednesday of next week, adding that it would be better to use the time between now and then to avert the action.

Meanwhile, the HSE is continuing efforts to reinstate appointments which were cancelled before today's threatened strike was called off yesterday evening.

No figures are available for how many cancelled appointments remain cancelled, or how many proceeded as originally planned.

It is understood individual hospitals are contacting patients directly as to whether their appointments can be reinstated.

However, some cannot be restored as patients may not have fasted, or may not have travelled to the relevant hospital in time.

Most outpatient clinics and community services appear to be functioning as normal.

Yesterday, the HSE conceded that the strike by 10,000 support staff would add to hospital waiting lists, as the nurses strike did earlier this year.

It is hoped that today's talks at the Workplace Relations Commission involving SIPTU and health service management will be able to make progress in resolving the dispute, which centres on the payment of pay rises totalling €19 million due under a job evaluation scheme.

The grades represented by SIPTU included include health care assistants, porters, cleaners, chefs and other laboratory or operating theatre aides.