A powerful nurses' group is again threatening strike action in hospital's like's Letterkenny's, which is the biggest in Donegal.

The Irish Nurses' and Midwives' Organisation (INMO) held a ballot of its members recently and last night, Thursday, revealed that 90 per cent of members are supporting industrial action.

A spokeswoman for the INMO said strike action would be taken "if necessary" to help workers "alleviate the current and growing difficulties".

In the meantime, the nurses' group has vowed to continue working with the Department of Health,  HSE, and the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform to resolve issues including staffing levels, recruitment, and retention.

However, the spokeswoman described the situation as a "deepening crisis".

She added: "It was agreed that management will produce initial proposals, in writing, by next Friday, January 20, and then direct discussions will recommence on Monday, January 23.

"The Executive Council of the INMO will meet next Tuesday, January 17, to receive a report, on discussions to-date, and to determine next steps in the organisation’s staffing /recruitment/ retention campaign."


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