Press Release

Statement by Minister for Health Leo Varadkar on the INMO decision

I am pleased that the WRC’s revised proposals have been accepted by the INMO National Executive and I understand it will now be recommending them for acceptance in a ballot of Emergency Department nurses.

“The interests of patients are always best served through negotiation and by avoiding industrial action. I particularly welcome the fact that the proposals contain specific measures to enhance patient safety and delivery of care.

“I hope that ED nurses will regard the proposals as sufficiently detailed and robust to address their concerns around activation of the escalation policy, health and safety concerns and implementation of the agreement itself.

“In particular, I expect that a deeper level of trust will develop between hospital management and nursing staff through the active implementation and monitoring of the proposals.

“I want to thank the WRC, HSE management and INMO for their efforts over many hours.”