AROUND 800 healthcare workers will take to the picket lines at three Limerick hospitals, as part of 24-hour nationwide strike action this Thursday.
The HSE has said that it “will affect patient and client services”.
The 10,000-person strike action comes after talks at the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) broke down.
Porters, household and catering services personnel, healthcare assistants, maternity care assistants, lab aides, chefs and technicians will be among the 800 staff taking part in the strike on Thursday morning.
The Siptu strike action will take place University Hospital Limerick, University Maternity Hospital Limerick and Croom Orthpopaedic Hospital.
In a statement this Tuesday, the HSE said that it regrets that industrial action will “affect patient and client services”.
“The industrial action is planned to take place at 38 hospitals and healthcare facilities, and will involve a significant number of staff who make an essential contribution to the effective running of our health services every day.
“While efforts are continuing to try to avoid industrial action, the HSE has commenced contingency planning with Siptu at local hospital and healthcare facility level. This is to ensure minimum disruption to patient services, in so far as possible, and to ensure patient dignity and that essential daily care remains in place.
“While every effort will be made to minimise impact on patients, industrial action involving these essential staff will have a significant impact on services.”
The spokesperson added that the HSE remains committed to early resolution of the strike action given the number of staffing groups involved, and the direct impact on our patients in our acute and community services.