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Friday 1 December 2023 Dublin: 4°C

# Junior Doctors

This year
Taoiseach critical of HSE as 270 extra junior doctors hired with no sign-off
Government has come under pressure over its budget allocation for the health service.
England's NHS set for 'most disruptive industrial action' in history as junior doctors strike
Up to a quarter of a million appointments could be postponed, according to the NHS Confederation.
Last year
Doctors 'struggling to get paid' due to payroll issues in hospital changeover, IMO says
Non-consultant hospital doctors regularly move hospitals and must join a new payroll system each time.
Working conditions for non-consultant hospital doctors must change, senior civil servant says
The Secretary General of the Department of Health said many doctors already work longer hours than what is considered legal and safe.
Junior doctors vote 'overwhelmingly' in favour of industrial action over working conditions
The Irish Medical Organisation said it will now seek “urgent negotiations” with the Department of Health and HSE on the matter.
IMO backs potential strike action by Non-Consultant Hospital Doctors
The IMO says the “burnout and stress” facing NCHDs will no longer be tolerated.
IMO commence ballot for industrial action for junior doctors over contracting issues
Junior doctors are “demoralised, frustrated, angry and want change,” the IMO claims.
'Bonkers' overtime worked by junior doctors causing burnout and risks for patients
A report by
Lauren Boland
Junior doctors in Ireland worked 2.8 million recorded overtime hours last year, according to figures from the HSE.
Excessive overtime worked by junior doctors is causing burnout and unsafe working conditions, Lauren Boland reports.
Junior doctors are regularly working hours far beyond what should be acceptable in Irish hospitals, doctors say.
The HSE recorded 2.8 million hours of overtime for junior doctors last year.
All time
'This is the real world': Doctors and HSE to meet amid fears junior doctors won't get paid overtime at Connolly Hospital
A memo sent to doctors said “no payment will be made for working before 8am or after 5pm” for junior doctors.
'A chronic haemorrhage': Just one in five trainee doctors plan to definitely stay in Ireland to work
The RSCI has published a survey about the medical workforce in Ireland.
Trouble and strike: Junior doctors are the latest group to threaten strike action
It’s part of a dispute over a ‘living out allowance’.
Ireland won't be fined over 24-hour shifts for junior doctors
The European Court of Justice said there was not enough evidence put forward to show the Working Time Directive was not being implemented.
Junior doctors won't bother staying in Ireland unless tax breaks are introduced
Students on the Graduate Entry Programme are required to pay full fees of up to €16,000 per year.
Doctors' organisation says politics getting in way of patient treatment
IMO President Dr Matthew Sadlier was also critical of the free GP care plan and Universal Health Insurance proposals.
Remember the '24 No More' campaign? Hospitals still aren't complying say IMO
Up to 33 per cent of hospitals have not made sufficient progress and are to be penalised according to the union.
HSE set to sanction hospitals in breach of junior doctor working hours directive
The IMO and HSE will meet at the end of this month to decide which hospitals should be sanctioned for failure to comply with the directive which put an end to 24 hour shifts.
IMO welcomes decision to refer Ireland to EU Court of Justice
The directive has failed to be implemented properly in the health service, the European Commission says.
"We are putting our trust in the HSE" - junior doctors
Junior doctors have voted to accept a proposal to end shifts lasting more than 24 hours.
Junior doctors vote in favour of proposals to end 24-hour shifts
The IMO have warned however that NCHDs would “escalate the campaign” if the HSE failed to honour commitments.
HSE will sanction hospitals that don't comply with doctors' hours
Money will be withheld from hospitals, who can then draw down the money as they prove they are compliant with the European Working Time Directive.
Fines of €650k for hospitals in breach of doctors' working hours
Managers will also face sanctions if they do not comply with the new rules.
IMO recommends junior doctors say 'yes' to LRC proposals
After negotiations at the Labour Relations Commission, the IMO said this evening that there had been proposals put forward by the HSE.
Consultants' association: HSE being driven by Troika demands, not patient welfare
The president of the IHCA also said that the HSE’s “unsympathetic” traits have led to action like the junior doctors’ strike which has created tensions among the ranks.
"Progress made" on doctors talks, but no deal yet
The IMO says that talks will continue in an attempt to avert strike action next week.
IMO will attend talks at the LRC today
Following this morning’s meeting the IMO has agreed to attend the Labour Relations Commission today at midday.
IMO to consider invitation to talks at the LRC
The union’s committee will meet this morning and will also discuss the next stage of industrial action following the yesterday’s 24-hour strike.
Taoiseach tells junior docs and HSE: Go back into the LRC and sort this out
Kenny was asked about the junior doctors’ strike by Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams and the independent TD Stephen Donnelly at Leaders’ Questions today.
Video: Junior doctors explain the reasons behind today's strike visited the Mater Hospital in Dublin to speak to some of those taking part in the IMO’s 24 No More protest.
Strike by junior doctors likely to go ahead as IMO want sanctions for hospitals
The IMO insists that Tuesday’s action is needed to force the HSE to agree to sanctions for hospitals who break rules on working hours.
'I'm sorry I can't wave a magic wand': IMO urged to return to talks ahead of strike
Junior doctors are planning industrial action for next week in a dispute over long working hours.
'Cum spiro, spero': Reilly hopes there won't be an overrun in the health budget
The Health Minister probably meant ‘dum spiro, spero’…
HSE proposals are "too little, too late" - IMO
The IMO says that it “does not trust” the HSE’s handling of the industrial dispute.
Strike action now “inevitable” say junior doctors
The 24 hour action was postponed for a week, and then suspending indefinitely. But the IMO is now accusing the HSE of lacking “real engagement”.
Strike still a possibility for hospital doctors
The IMO has said there is still a number of issues to be resolved following talks with the HSE.
Doctors' strike now suspended indefinitely as IMO seeks clarification
The strike was postponed for a week last Friday, but no date for the action is now being given by the doctors’ union.
IMO: 'The HSE is finally accepting that they have to move on this issue'
The IMO say they welcome the “belated engagement” of the HSE on the issue of junior doctors’ working hours.
Doctors’ strike called off for a week as IMO considers deal
The 24 hour action planned for next Wednesday has been postponed — but not taken off the table entirely — following developments today.