Hope has been expressed in Clare that adequate contingency plans will be put in place to mitigate the impact of strike action by health workers at hospitals.
Ten thousand chefs, porters, maternity care assistants, and other staff will stage the industrial action this Thursday, as part of a dispute over pay, after talks broke down yesterday.
The HSE says the action is regrettable, and while every effort will be made to minimise impact on patients, industrial action involving these essential staff will have a significant impact on services.
Contingency plans are being drawn up locally between SIPTU representatives and local health service management, while the health service will co-ordinate its efforts nationally.
Whitegate Fine Gael Councillor Pat Burke, who’s a member of the HSE’s Regional Health Forum West, has been telling Clare FM’s Fiona Cahill that he hopes a resolution can be found, even at the 11th hour.