Hospital group says strike action will have ‘significant impact’ on Limerick services

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Hospital group says strike action will have ‘significant impact’ on Limerick services

THE UL HOSPITALS Group has said that this week’s 24-hour strike action will have a “significant impact” on services at three hospitals in Limerick. 

Around 800 healthcare workers will take part in the strike at University Hospital Limerick, University Maternity Hospital Limerick and Croom Orthopaedic Hospital from Thursday 8am to Friday 8am. 

A spokesperson for the UL Hospitals Group said that management will meet with Siptu this Wednesday to finalise contingency plans. 

“Services will continue as normal at Ennis Hospital, Nenagh Hospital and St John’s Hospital, which are not affected by the planned strike by support staff.

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

“A further update will be issued on Wednesday in relation to patient appointments and procedures which are most likely to be affected,” he said this Tuesday. 

Injury units in Ennis and Nenagh are open from 8am to 8pm and from 8am to 6pm at St John’s. Injury Units are for the treatment of broken bones, dislocations, sprains strains, wounds, scalds and minor burns. More information on Injury Units is available here

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 spokesperson added.