Reilly: Solution to doctor strike possible without 'further harm to patients'
on 10/10/2013 14:17:26
The Irish Medical Organisation, which represents the non consultant hospital doctors, accepted an invitation to return to talks following a one-day national strike on Tuesday.
Commenting on the talks, Reilly said patients should not be made to suffer, remarking on "further harm" to patients.
"I'm hopeful that we can resolve this without any further harm to patients," he said
"I find it regrettable that anyone would take action that would discommode patients, and delay people from getting surgery that they're waiting for to relieve pain, and an outpatient appointment that they need to monitor their condition."
The row with the HSE centres on working hours. Junior doctors want the EU Working Time Directive implemented which would see the end of shifts of more than 24 hours.