Junior doctors expected to vote for strike action over 'immoral' working hours
Junior doctors are expected to vote in favour of industrial action when the result of a ballot by the Irish Medical Organisation is released this afternoon.
Some 2,000 doctors have been balloted on the action, calling for a reduction in working hours.
The IMO has said most junior doctors work a 60 hour week, contrary to EU regulations.
If the ballot result is in favour of action, doctors may withdraw from all work except emergency care in hospitals.
Libby Enni, a junior doctor at Beaumont Hospital in Dublin, says the current working conditions are "immoral".
Ms Enni said: "I know there is an argument that doctors shouldn't go out on strike, but I think the way we are working at the moment is immoral and that there is a bigger wrong there than if the doctors continue to work like this in Ireland.
"We are doing a worse thing by our patients than going out on strike now for a better healthcare system in the longer term."
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