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IMO votes to reject Lansdowne Road Agreement

The ballot of members saw 93 per cent vote no to the agreement. In May this year the union’s council had recommended rejecting the agreement.

“The failure of Minister Varadkar to fulfill his promise of support for doctors in this claim is disappointing,” said Mr Steve Tweed, IMO Director of Industrial Relations.

“The Lansdowne Road proposal will not address the increasing number of Consultant vacancies across the health service which in turn will lead to an increased number of patients on waiting lists.

“This is another missed opportunity by Government to work with the IMO , to rebuild the health service in Ireland and to improve the quality of care to patients”.

Mr Tweed said that the Agreement did nothing to address the “real crisis” in the health service.

“Our highly trained doctors are much sought after and valued by other countries where they are resourced to carry out the work for which they have spent long years training.

“This is bad for the future of our services but more importantly, it is creating serious patient safety issues with long waiting lists and insufficient resources to treat patients” Tweed concluded.

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