Labour Court decision on nursing staff due next week

Ocean fm, September 9, 2010 A decision from the Labour Court on a dispute between unions and the Health Service Executive West over the non replacement of student nurses is expected early next week. The hearing concluded in Dublin at lunchtime where the Health Service Executive would not confirm whether there would be further cuts to nursing staff next year. The row came before the court over plans by the health service not to replace student nurses which is in addition to cutbacks to nursing hours in a bid to tackle a 65 million euro budget deficit. The move equates to a loss of around 43 positions in Sligo General Hospital and a reduction in the amount of nursing staff available in the Western region.