Unions and HSE to resume local talks

Health unions and management at Letterkenny General Hospital begin local discussions on cost cutting today after talks under the auspices of the Labour Relations Commission adjourned at the weekend until the end of the month.

In a joint statement issued after the HSE West talks ended in Galway, all sides agreed to explore all options to reduce expenditure, including non-pay savings; reduced hours, career breaks and unpaid leave, more flexibility in staff reallocation and cutting back on ther employment of agency staff.

Impact's Donegal Secretary Richy Carrothers says every effort is being made to minimise the impact on services and employment, and he's confident the talks can make real progress..........

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