HSE Statement - update on Industrial Dispute

HSE Statement: Tuesday 25th June 2019 

The HSE regrets that industrial action planned by SIPTU tomorrow Wednesday, June 26th 2019 will affect patient and client services.

The industrial action is planned to take place at *38 hospitals and healthcare facilities, and will involve a significant number of staff who make an essential contribution to the effective running of our health services every day.

This afternoon, the HSE is continuing to engage on contingency planning with SIPTU at local hospital and healthcare facility level. This is 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.

Initial feedback from our hospitals this morning shows 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.

While every effort will be made to minimise impact on patients, industrial action involving these essential staff will have a significant impact on services.

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.

Notes to Editors:

* Sites affected

  1.  Cork University Hospital
  2. Cork University Maternity Hospital
  3. Kerry University Hospital
  4.  Mallow General Hospital
  5. South Infirmary Hospital, Cork
  6. South Tipperary General Hospital
  7. Wexford General Hospital
  8. St Lukes Hospital Carlow / Kilkenny
  9. Mercy Hospital Cork
  10. Connolly Hospital Blanchardstown
  11. National Rehabilitation Hospital
  12. Beaumont Hospital
  13. St Ita’s Portrane
  14. Mater Hospital
  15. St James Hospital
  16. St Vincent’s University Hospital
  17. Tallaght University Hospital 
  18. Our Lady’s Hospital, Navan
  19. Louth County Hospital
  20. Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital Drogheda
  21. Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin
  22. Rotunda Hospital
  23. Central Mental Hospital
  24. Midland Regional Hospital, Mullingar
  25. Midland Regional Hospital, Tullamore
  26. Midland Regional Hospital, Portlaoise
  27. Naas General Hospital
  28. Cavan General Hospital
  29. Letterkenny University Hospital
  30. Sligo General Hospital
  31. Roscommon Hospital
  32. Portiuncula Hospital, Ballinasloe
  33. Galway University Hospital
  34. Merlin Park
  35. Mayo University Hospital
  36. UL Hospital Dooradoyle
  37. UL Maternity Hospital
  38. UL Orthopaedic Hospital, Croom
Last updated on: 25 / 06 / 2019