The Minister for Finance is urging both sides in the latest health workers dispute to continue with efforts to avoid tomorrow's planned strike.

10,000 health support staff who are members of the SIPTU trade union are due to stage industrial action from 8am tomorrow morning, in a row over pay.

38 hospitals and healthcare facilities will be affected by the strike - including Mayo, Sligo, Roscommon and Galway University Hospitals as well as Portiuncla and Merlin Park Hospital.

The HSE has acknowledged the strike will have a "significant impact" on services despite back-up plans being put in place.

Minister Paschal Donohoe says whatever can be done across the day will be done in a bid to avert tomorrow's industrial action.

 But he says a pay agreement is still in place, which he's committed to protecting.

 

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