Health News 2014


Labour Court recommendation on sleepover duties – your questions answered

We’ve prepared a document and video to respond to frequently asked questions about the recent Labour Court recommendation on sleepover duty for those working in residential care. The Labour Court recommendation was issued on Thursday 18th September. The video is available HERE. You can read the FAQ’s HERE.


Court to recommend on ‘sleepovers’

The Labour Court is to make its recommendation on excessive ‘sleepover’ hours worked by staff in residential care settings within the next couple of weeks.


Tusla admin review to kick off

IMPACT has organised a series of information meetings across the country for clerical and administrative staff in Tusla, the child and family agency.


Universal health insurance (UHI) to cost families €3,600 a year

Government plans for universal health insurance (UHI) do not exclude children, which means the cost could run to €3,600 a year for a family of four, according to IMPACT trade union.


HSE figures show admin staff work on ‘front line’

As few as 2% of all health service staff work in non-front line clerical, administrative and management roles, according to a new briefing paper published by IMPACT.


Universal health insurance will be toxic for Ireland

Along with the medical card fiasco, anger at the cost of property taxes and water charges was the main driver of the electorate’s punishment of Government parties on 23rd May.


Health cuts are the deepest

Health spending fell more in Ireland than in any other European country between 2008 and 2011, with cuts of more than €2.7 billion and 12,000 fewer HSE staff, according to new research.


Retirement grace period extended

IMPACT has welcomed a Government decision to extend the retirement grace period, set out in the Haddington Road agreement, until 30th June 2015.


IMPACT outlines universal health insurance risks

IMPACT moved quickly to expose the risks inherent in health minister James Reilly’s plans for universal health insurance after he published a white paper on the proposals on Wednesday (2nd April).


Incremental credit for long-term acting ruled out

The Labour Court has said it will not award backdated incremental credit in cases where long-term acting positions are regularised.


European Commission responds on sleepovers

THE EUROPEAN Commission has said it will seek information from Irish health authorities as the first step in assessing IMPACT’s claim that excessive ‘sleepover’ duties in residential care facilities breach EU and Irish working time legislation.


Hospital clusters warning

Maintaining nationally-agreed pay and working conditions in new regional ‘hospital clusters’ is a priority for IMPACT .. 


IMPACT calls for “total rethink” of compulsory health insurance plans

IMPACT has called for a total rethink of health minister James Reilly’s plans for universal health insurance (UHI). 


Unions lodge complaint to European Commission over excessive working hours in residential homes

Trade unions representing residential staff who care for children, homeless people and people with disabilities have lodged a formal complaint with the European Commission over excessive working hours..