In a statement to Midwest News this afternoon, the HSE says it regrets that the industrial action planned by SIPTU tomorrow Wednesday, will affect patient services.
The industrial action planned at Mayo, Sligo, Galway and Roscommon University hospitals among 38 hospital nationally, will involve a significant number of staff who make an essential contribution to the effective running of the health services daily.
The HSE says its continuing to engage on contingency planning with SIPTU at local hospitals 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.
Feedback from hospitals today indicates the services mostly impacted will include;
- Deferral of some elective inpatient procedures
- Significant cancellation of scope procedures
- Reduced outpatient services
- Reduced laboratory services for GPs
- Reduced catering services for both patients and staff
- Reduced operating theatre activity.
The services impacted will vary across the hospital sites.
Patients are being contacted by their local hospital or healthcare facility in the event that their scheduled procedure or service will be affected by the dispute.
The statement concludes: We will keep the public informed of any developments that may affect patient services through the national and local media, our social media channels and our website – www.hse.ie.