Press Release

Martin welcomes IMO recommendation to accept LRC Proposals

The Minister for Health and Children, Mr Micheál Martin TD, has tonight (20 June 2000) welcomed the decision of the NCHD committee of the Irish Medical Organisation to recommend acceptance of the package of proposals recently negotiated with the assistance of the Labour Relations Commission to its members.

The Minister stated, “The package will provide for a significant improvement in the working conditions of NCHDs and will address some long standing grievances of NCHDs particularly with regard to their rates of overtime pay.

The Minister especially welcomed the element of the package which provides for a £15 million investment in education and training that will ensure a new era for NCHDs.

“This investment will make a dramatic improvement in both the extent and quality of education and training programmes for NCHDs and will facilitate the Irish health service in retaining many young doctors who might otherwise travel abroad for further study,” said the Minister.

The Minister also stated that “The introduction of a Medical Manpower Manager at hospital level will ensure that agreements reached nationally will be implemented in full at hospital level.”