Friday, 5th February 2016
This is a note to formally advise you that members, in Emergency Departments, have accepted the revised Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) proposals, with regard to ED overcrowding with 71% in favour and 29% against.
The Organisation announced the result of the ballot, at lunchtime, and it received extensive media coverage and the press release, in relation to same, is here. The Organisation also notes a press statement, from the Department of Health, in which the Minister for Health makes the following comment:
- “I can assure staff of my personal commitment to seeing that the agreement is implemented in full”.
In relation to next steps, in driving forward on the continuous implementation of the agreement, I wish to confirm the following:
In this regard it is our intention to convene a further national meeting, of our ED representatives from all Departments, approximately one week before we re-engage with the WRC. This will be to ensure that we have full clarity, from all departments, with regard to any issues that have emerged so that we can present them, in their entirety, to the WRC as part of its initial one month review.
We will, of course, continue to issue periodic updates, to ED members, to keep you advised of all developments in relation to this agreement.
Finally, on behalf of the Executive Council and ourselves, I wish to thank all ED members, for their solidarity in recent weeks, while recognising that this is just the latest stage in our ongoing campaign to improve your working environment so that you can deliver safe care to patients.
Thank you again.