Health services are to be severely disrupted this Thursday as ten thousand health support staff are set to take strike action.
A variety of support-staff grades, including chefs, porters and healthcare assistants, are involved in a pay dispute with the HSE.
The industrial action will hit patients in 38 hospitals and health facilities around the country.
Talks aimed at resolving the row ended without agreement at the Workplace Relations Commission last night. Siptu's Paul Bell says the strike is now a certainty.
The HSE will today commence contingency preparations the 24-hour strike.