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The Organisation said last week that it had no date for when the case would be heard. The decision to take the case was announced at the IMO AGM back in April.
“The IMO has supported a number of its trade union members in their decision to issue legal proceedings, seeking to have the salary scales attaching to the 2008 Consultant Contract paid in full,” an IMO spokesperson told the Medical Independent (MI).
“Proceedings in these cases have been served and our legal team continues to work towards bringing cases on behalf of each consultant member to court, of which there are presently approximately 40.
“It is hoped that cases can be brought to court at the earliest opportunity.”
At the IMO AGM, Ms Gail O’Keefe from O’Connor Solicitors told the IMO Consultants Committee National Meeting that experts believed there was a “good prospect of success in these cases”. She said that it is expected that the HSE may raise a “public interest” defence in the case.
However, a number of consultants at the meeting said there are wider public interest issues at work.