Interns vote for strike at University Hospital Limerick

INTERNS at the University Hospital Limerick have unanimously voted in favour of strike action due to non-payment for overtime work since November.

Some 50 members of the Irish Medical Organisation (IMO), who are newly-qualified non-consultant hospital doctors (NCHD), have been voting for a week, with the result of the official count announced this Friday evening. 

Speaking after the official result, IMO vice president, Dr John Duddy said: “It is difficult to imagine any other employer refusing to pay for hours worked.  

“Doctors take their responsibilities to patients seriously and this vote for industrial action is indicative of the level of frustration felt by doctors and the lack of respect hospital management and the HSE have for their employees.  

“It is no wonder that our young highly trained doctors are choosing to leave Ireland and work in other health systems that respect and value their skills.”

According to a spokesperson, the IMO will advise hospital management of the plans for strike action. It is believed that strike action will commence on Monday, though it has yet to be confirmed. 

A statement is due to be issued by the UL Hospitals Group on Monday morning. 

{|Earlier this week, a spokesperson for the UL Hospitals Group said|click here} that the issue was in relation to NCHDs who are not rostered for overtime work, and that all rostered overtime workers are being paid.

The spokesperson added that, with the exception of “a small number of individuals”, unrostered overtime NCHDs will be paid by the end of the week”.

“Once the remainder of claim forms have been correctly completed, these will also be processed and all staff paid by the end of the month. UL Hospitals Group greatly values the hard work done by all of our highly skilled NCHDs and looks forward to resolving this matter,” the spokesperson said.

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