Nurses Suspend Strike Action at Portiuncula Hospital

The Irish Nurses Organisation (INO) has suspended its work-to-rule protest at Portiuncula Hospital in Co Galway.

The decision comes after reaching an agreement with the National Hospitals Office and the HSE last night.

The dispute has been ongoing for 10 weeks, with the INO furious with management at the hospital over the suspension of two senior nurse managers.

A spokesperson from the INO said before the beginning of the action: "The INO wants management at the hospital to enter talks at the LRC in an effort to resolve the 10-week impasse" noting that INO members would be refusing to answer phones and to conduct certain IT duties "until their concerns are addressed".

However, the protest has now been suspended, along with as has a lunchtime protest planned for today, following talks between the two sides yesterday.

The action involved a work-to-rule policy in which they refused to answer phones or conduct certain IT duties.

An independent investigation will be carried out as part of a deal reached at the discussions.


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