The Irish Medical Organisation's Non-Consultant Hospital Doctor committee has recommended to its members to accept the latest Labour Relations Commission proposals, a move which could see an end to ongoing dispute over junior doctors working hours.
Among the recommendations set out are that hospitals could face serious financial penalties if they allow any junior doctor to work more than 24 hours in a single shift. In addition, sanctions may be imposed on managers responsible for the breach while such sanctions it is understood will not impact on the provision of patient care.
The HSE has meanwhile said it is committed to eliminating 24-hour shifts by next January, adding that it aims to implement the EU working time directive for junior doctors by the end of 2014.
Around 3,000 junior doctors attached to the IMO were involved in a one-day strike earlier this month - in protest against excessive working hours.
In Cavan, junior doctors assembled outside the main hospital entrance calling for an end to excessive working hours.
Approximately 70 outpatient appointments were deferred in Cavan General last Wednesday and a further 11 elective inpatient and day procedures were also postponed as a result of the industrial action.
IMO members are to be balloted in the coming days.
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