SIPTU Radiographers disappointed with management response to staffing crisis

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Galway Daily news

Radiographers with SIPTU at Galway University Hospitals have expressed their disappointment at the response to issues they have raised.

Last week UHG and Merlin Park Hospital Radiographers voted overwhelmingly in favour of industrial action in response to a staffing crisis and wage issues.

A meeting was held with management on Thursday, with SIPTU saying that they came away disappointed with the lack of solid proposals to address the crisis.

The vote for industrial action was a result of months of understaffing which have seen radiographers facing a significant extra workload according to the union.

The dispute centres around staffing levels, increased workload, alleged non-payment of wage arrears, out of hours arrangements and non-adherence to national agreements

SIPTU Sector Organiser John McCamley said, “There is a growing sense that HSE management is not willing to engage meaningfully to resolve this dispute and that the window to find a resolution is closing fast.”

“SIPTU members are disappointed that no concrete proposals have come from management to resolve the dispute and are frustrated regarding the additional workload placed on radiographers as a result of inadequate staffing.”

“SIPTU representatives are seeking commitments from management that it will address wage arrears as a matter of urgency and deal with patient safety issues in the provision of proper out of hours arrangements.”