INMO disputes HSE interpretation of Haddington Rd Agreement

General Secretary of the INMO Liam Doran

A war of words has erupted between the HSE and the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation over the terms of the Haddington Road Agreement.

The INMO says it was told by the State body last week that it wants to implement an extra €80m in savings in the health service - that is on top of €212m for this year.

Under the plan, the HSE wants to use Health Care Assistants to fill vacancies instead of agency nurses. It also wants to replace essential vacant posts with graduate nurses and interns with less experience.

However, the HSE denies that these are fresh cuts saying they are already built into the terms of the Haddington Road Agreement.

General Secretary of the INMO Liam Doran says patients lives will be put at risk if further cuts are implemented.

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