Minister for Health welcomes decision to defer strike action

Minister of Health Leo Varadkar has welcomed the decision of the INMO to defer industrial action in seven Emergency Departments pending a ballot.   He said: “The agreement made this week is a good one for nurses, patients and taxpayers. It adheres to the requirements of the Lansdowne Road agreement which provides for pay restoration for public servants from January in return for industrial peace.   “Even though we have managed to take on more than 750 extra nurses and midwives in the last 12 months, recruitment in some areas can be a struggle, especially in high pressure environments like Emergency Departments."   The Minister outlined that this new agreement provides for an education grant for nurses and midwives who join the Public Health Service from outside, whether from college or the private sector, provided they stay for more than 12 months. 

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