The Health Service Executive has confirmed that all out patient, inpatient and day surgery appointments scheduled for tomorrow have been cancelled as a result of the planned 24-hour strike action by nurses.

The action by members of the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation will be the third in a series of stoppages over pay, and recruitment and retention issues.

The HSE said Minor Injury Units would be closed and that routine community nursing services and health centre nurse clinics have also been cancelled.

Public day centres and day hospitals for older people or people with disabilities will close and all planned admissions, including respite and rehabilitation, to public community nursing units and specified centres for people with intellectual disability have been cancelled.

In a statement, the HSE said hospitals would be in contact with patients to re-schedule appointments and surgeries in due course. 

It said that updates on the action and services affected would be available on the HSE’s website and social media.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has told Fine Gael TDs and Senators in Dublin that efforts will be made over the coming days to find a mechanism to resolve the dispute.

He told a parliamentary party meeting, however, that a resolution could not expose the taxpayers or be unfair to other public servants.

Mr Varadkar said there has been a lot of engagement on the dispute and this would continue.