Ennis Hospital unaffected by national healthcare workers strike

Ennis General Hospital. Picture: Natasha Barton

SERVICES at Ennis Hospital will continue as normal during tomorrow’s planned industrial action by SIPTU healthcare workers.

The national 24-hour strike is set to go ahead after talks at the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) ended without agreement. 

A total of 10,000 HSE support staff are set to take to the picket line across 38 hospitals and healthcare facilities around the country including University Hospital Limerick (UHL), University Maternity Hospital Limerick and Croom Orthopaedic Hospital.

The 24-hour strike is due to take place from 8am on Thursday, June 20, to 8am on Friday, June 21.

Management at UL Hospitals Group are due to meet with SIPTU today, Wednesday, June 19, to finalise contingency plans.

“While every effort will be made to minimise impact on patients, industrial action involving these essential staff will have a significant impact on services,” said a UL Hospitals Group spokesperson.

A further update is expected today, Wednesday, June 19, in relation to patient appointments and procedures.

The Injury Units in Ennis will remain open from 8am to 8pm for the treatment of broken bones, dislocations, sprains strains, wounds, scalds and minor burns.

Emergency services (including the Emergency Department at UHL and the Maternity Emergency Unit at UMHL) will continue to operate during this Thursday’s action.

The industrial action will involve SIPTU members such as porters, household and catering services, health care assistants, maternity care assistants, laboratory aides, chefs and surgical instrument technicians.

Both Nenagh Hospital and St John’s Hospital will also be unaffected by the planned strike by support staff.

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