31/01/2018 Comments are off SIPTU

Congress Submission to Oireachtas Health Committee on Section 39 Organisations

ICTU delegation, led by SIPTU Divisional Organiser, Paul Bell, outlined to Oireachtas members the extent to which the Public Health Service is dependent on Section 39 Organisations and the difficulties being experienced by that sector in retaining staff.

“The services provided by Section 39 Organisations are critical to the functioning of the public health service. They provide hospitals services, intellectual disability services, training and education and home care services. The members of unions employed in Section 39 Organisations are all qualified in their fields of expertise to the same standard as their counterparts employed directly by the HSE…”

Read the full submission here

Another step on our journey for Pay Justice for Section 39 workers

National Strike Ballot

SIPTU members working as support staff in more than 35 hospitals across the country will begin a ballot for strike action on Monday, 23rd January, in a dispute resulting from breaches of the national public service agreements and their exclusion from concessions provided to other emergency department staff.

SIPTU Health Division Organiser, Paul Bell, said: “It is deeply regrettable that our members in these hospitals feel compelled to take this action. The hospitals to be balloted have been selected due to our members’ belief that the issues in dispute are particularly acute in these facilities. It is expected that additional hospitals will be added to this initial list of facilities after balloting commences on Monday, 23rd January.

“The failure of the HSE and Department of Health to resolve a number of issues has led to a situation where our members have been forced to contemplate strike action. These issues include a failure by management to adhere to the fully binding provisions of the Lansdowne Road Agreement and Haddington Road Agreement. The most crucial elements that have not be adhered to include the reintroduce of a job evaluation scheme, to pay interns or apply incremental credit and double time payments.

“The other central issue in this dispute involves the granting of concessions by the HSE and the Department of Health to nurses working in emergency departments which have not been extended to other workers.”

He added: “The balloting process will commence on the 23rd January with the result scheduled to be announced on Monday, 13th February. This means there is still ample time for the HSE and Department of Health to address all the outstanding issues of concern for our members, something they have failed to do over the preceding 15 months.

“SIPTU has directly communicated our concerns to the Minister for Health, Simon Harris. In response the Minister has called for dialogue to resolve the outstanding problems but this has not led to any genuine action by either the HSE or Department of Health.

“In the result of strike action, our members will do everything in their power to ensure that the disruption to the public is minimalised.”

To download an information leaflet from the web click here

To download an information sheet on the App click here

The initial list of hospitals where SIPTU support staff members will be balloted.

Connolly Hospital, Dublin
Central Mental Hospital, Dublin
Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin, Dublin
Coombe Women’s and Infants University Hospital, Dublin
National Rehabilitation Hospital, Dublin
Royal Hospital, Donnybrook, Dublin
Incorporated Orthopaedic Hospital of Ireland, Dublin
Cappagh National Orthopaedic Hospital, Dublin
Central Remedial Clinic, Dublin
Killarney Community Hospital, Kerry
Tallaght Hospital, Dublin
Beaumont Hospital, Dublin
James’ Hospital, Dublin
Mater Hospital, Dublin
St. Vincent’s Hospital, Dublin
Cavan General Hospital, Cavan
Mullingar General Hospital, Westmeath
Portlaoise General Hospital, Laois
Dublin Dental Hospital, Dublin
Our Lady’s Hospice and Care Services, Dublin
St. Ita’s Hospital Portrane, Dublin
South Tipperary General Hospital, Tipperary
St Luke’s Hospital, Kilkenny
Wexford General Hospital, Wexford
Cork University Hospital, Cork
Cork University Maternity Hospital, Cork
Bantry General Hospital, Cork
Mercy University Hospital, Cork
University Hospital Kerry
Letterkenny University Hospital, Donegal
Sligo University Hospital, Silgo
University Hospital Limerick
University College Hospital Galway
Merlin Park, Galway
Midland Regional Hospital, Tullamore, Offaly
Naas General Hospital, Kildare
St Colmcilles Hospital, Loughlinstown, Dublin
Our Lady’s Hospital, Navan
Our Lady of Lourdes, Drogheda
Louth County Hospital, Dundalk

04/01/2017 Comments are off SIPTU

SIPTU ambulance members concerned over delays due to emergency department crisis

SIPTU members in the National Ambulance Service (NAS) have expressed concern over the impact on services and patient safety resulting from the delays they are experiencing in signing patients into emergency departments in hospitals across the country.

SIPTU Health Division Organiser, Paul Bell, said: “Prior to the current crisis, the time that patients were spending between arriving at a hospital and being transferred from the care of ambulance staff to that of the emergency department team was on average 20 minutes or less. However, due to the current overcrowding crisis in emergency departments this time has increased to on average between one to three hours in many hospitals across the country.

“Today, members have reported to me that such delays have been experienced in more than 15 hospitals across the country. The hospitals affected include Letterkenny, Waterford, Our Lady of Lourdes in Drogheda and St. Vincent’s in Dublin.”

He added: “Such delays are then having knock on effects on other ambulance services including responding to emergency calls and routine patient transfers. The Minister for Health, Simon Harris, must contact HIQA, the regulator of the NAS, to fully brief it on the impact that the emergency department crisis is having on our members’ ability to comply with guidelines in relation to ambulance response times.

“Workers in the NAS are increasingly disturbed and frustrated by the impact that the ongoing crisis in hospital emergency departments is having on their ability to provide an adequate service to their community and the risks to patient safety which are resulting from it. Our members in the NAS cannot be held in anyway accountable for these delays which are completely due to circumstances beyond their control.”

04/01/2017 Comments are off SIPTU

Update: SIPTU to ballot support staff for strike action

SIPTU is to ballot support staff in the Health Service for strike action as a result of the HSE and Department of Health refusing to implement fully binding provisions of the Lansdowne Road Agreement and Haddington Road Agreement.

Management in hospitals will start receiving formal notifications of ballot dates tomorrow (Friday, 6th January). A full list of hospitals to be balloted on Monday, 23rd January, will be published on Monday, 9th January.

SIPTU Health Division Organiser, Paul Bell, said: “We have communicated to the Minister for Health that we are available to meet with him and we are currently awaiting a response. Our members are bitterly disappointed at the intransigence of the HSE and the Department of Health in this matter. Furthermore, they are shocked that issues which are about fairness and equality have been disregarded. As a result, we believe a ballot for full strike action is necessary.” 

28/12/2016 Comments are off SIPTU

SIPTU to ballot health workers in January for strike action

SIPTU members working as support staff in the health service will today (Wednesday, 28th December) begin preparations for a ballot for strike action in a dispute that results from several breaches by the Department of Health and HSE of the terms of the national public service agreements.

This will be followed by a ballot of emergency department workers, in selected hospitals, which will commence on Monday, 23rd January, 2017, in a dispute that results from the HSE and the Department providing concessions to nurses that have not been extended to other grades.

SIPTU Health Division Organiser, Paul Bell, said: “It is deeply regrettable that our members feel compelled to take this action. The dispute involving support staff has been brought about by the HSE and Department refusing to implement fully binding provisions of the Lansdowne Road Agreement and Haddington Road Agreement.

“Our members overwhelmingly supported these agreements in good faith. They have been pushed to the brink by the refusal of the HSE and the Department to adhere to the agreements and reintroduce a job evaluation scheme, to pay interns, apply incremental credit and double time payments. The failure to implement these sections of the agreements have been particularly evident in the HSE South area which includes County Cork and County Kerry.

“Since late 2015, SIPTU Health representatives have been informing the HSE of our members concerns in regard to these issues. However, they have encountered obstruction and confrontation in response to their attempts to secure the implementation of these key elements of the respective agreements.”

He added: “In the coming days, SIPTU Health representatives will also begin preparations to ballot our members, including professional grades, in relation to a dispute resulting from concessions made by the HSE and the Department to nurses working in emergency departments that have not been extended to other workers.

“This ballot for strike action will involve all grades working in emergency departments and be conducted in selected hospitals throughout the country with a particular focus on facilities in Dublin, Cork, Galway and the Midlands. SIPTU will publish the hospitals which will be affected by this ballot in the coming days.”

23/12/2016 Comments are off SIPTU

Open Recruitment Event for Nurses and Midwives

We in SIPTU Health are encouraging all Nursing Professionals returning home from abroad for Christmas holidays to consider retuning to their communities to serve in our national health service.

There is an open recruitment event for nurses and midwives from all disciplines who are interested in working in the Irish Public Health Services.

Where: Dr Steevens’ Hospital Dublin 8
When: 28th – 30th December 2016 – 10am to 4pm

The event will provide an opportunity for nurses and midwives to obtain information and guidance on the range of exciting employment opportunities that are available across our health services. Attendees can apply and interview for jobs on the day and get information on Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI) Registration and garda vetting requirements. This will be the first in a series of career day events for nurses throughout 2017.
To register your interest in attending, please email your CV and details of when you can attend over the 3-days to:
(If you cannot attend on the above dates, but are interested in future nursing career events, please contact the above email address and  Caroline will contact you with event details)