The HSE is warning of significant disruption and service delays in hospitals on Tuesday and Wednesday this week, (May 24th and 25th) from 8am-8pm due to the planned Industrial Action by the MLSA.

 This will lead to the cancellation of many inpatient and day-case elective procedures and hospital outpatient appointments across the country. All routine GP testing services will be suspended on both days. Patients currently in hospital requiring tests will also be affected.

Services that will continue include dialysis and some cancer services.

Since yesterday (Monday) hospitals are contacting patients directly. As this is a developing situation hospitals are asking patients not to phone hospitals at this time.

They say they will provide further clarity and details as soon as possible and will be posting information and updates from hospitals on www.hse.ie.

They also say that appointments and procedures disrupted by the strikes will be rescheduled as soon as possible.

Medical scientists say they are going on strike today and tomorrow as they step up their campaign over long-standing pay and career development issues.

It follows a one-day work stoppage last week and the action will again involve the withdrawal of routine laboratory services from 8am to 8pm on both days.

For the first time in this dispute, pickets will also be placed at the Irish Blood Transfusion Service.

The Medical Laboratory Scientists Association(MLSA) , says no approach was made to them by the HSE or the Dept since last week's strike action.

MLSA Chairperson Kevin O’Boyle told Midwest Radio’s John Morley that a wide-range of hospital services will be impacted by the industrial action...

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