Republic of Ireland health support staff walk out on strike

Picket line at Cork University Hospital Image copyright RTE
Image caption 10,000 health support staff from across 38 hospitals in the RoI begin strike action.

Significant disruption is expected for patients at 38 hospitals across the Republic of Ireland on Wednesday as 10,000 health support staff begin strike action.

The Health Service Executive has warned about the serious impact on planned inpatient procedures.

Tests involving scopes, outpatients, operating theatre activity and catering are expected to be affected.

The dispute arose from a job evaluation scheme.

The Irish government has urged both sides to return to the Labour Court in a bid to resolve the row.

Speaking to RTÉ, Taoiseach (Irish Prime Minister) Leo Varadkar said: "The government wants to resolve this strike and we've offered a hearing at the Labour Court to try to resolve it and that's how so many disputes have been resolved in the past.

"I'd issue an invitation and appeal to the unions involved in this strike to come to the Labour Court where we can sort this out."

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