Implementation Of Emergency Department Agreement
Workplace Relations Commission Fifth Review
The Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) undertook its fifth review, of the national ED Agreement between INMO/Department of Health/HSE earlier today.
This meeting was attended by ED nurse representatives from a number of hospitals, together with full-time officials, including myself, of the Organisation. The management side was led by Mr. Liam Woods, Director of Acute Services, together with other senior officials from the Department of Health/HSE.
At this meeting the INMO raised a number of issues including:
at a meeting next Tuesday, 6th September 2016, at 3.30 p.m. The full text of this ED Expert Group Report on Staffing can be accessed here.
A further update will issue after the meeting next Tuesday, 6th September 2016.
Arising from this fifth review, today (Friday, 2nd September 2016), which lasted over three hours, the following can be stated:
1. The management side reaffirm its absolute commitment to the implementation of all elements of the ED Agreement.
2. In relation to the filling of posts, established under the agreement, it was confirmed that all outstanding matters would be addressed on or before 9th September 2016 (one week).
3. A specific issue has arisen with regard to the commencement, of a consultancy project regarding patient flow in University Hospitals Galway and Limerick.
It is agreed that the next step in this process will be a full briefing, of members locally, at the next hospital level meeting, required under the agreement, and this will provide for:
4. The WRC will undertake a further review, of the implementation of this agreement, on Friday, 21st October 2016, at 10.30 a.m.
In tandem with all of the foregoing all of the meetings, at hospital and group level, continue to ensure all aspects of the agreement are implemented locally. We would encourage members to continue to utilise these local fora to insist on full implementation of the National Agreement as, where the agreement has been implemented, we are now seeing improvements.
Thank you for your attention to this note and please bring it to the attention of all members in your department.