Letterkenny General staff asked to consider taking unpaid leave

Staff at Letterkenny General Hospital are to be asked their views on whether unpaid leave should be introduced as an alternative to jobs cuts.

General manager Sean Murphy is denying a difference of opinion between management and trade unions over whether or not such a proposal was formally put to unions by the HSE.

The HSE says the idea was presented informally at a number of staff briefings as a possible alternative to job cuts, but was never put on the table at official discussions.

Impact, on the other hand, are indicating that a formal proposal was made and rejected by them on the basis that it was contrary to the Croke Park Agreement.

As discussions resume this afternoon, Mr Murphy says staff and unions are being consulted about a number of issues

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