HSE chief wants ‘permanent’ seven-day roster for hospital staff

The aim is to allow hospitals to discharge patients over the weekends at the same rate as they are during the regular working week

Bernard Gloster, HSE chief executive, does not want to ‘demonise’ hospital consultants

Bernard Gloster, the chief executive of the HSE, is going to seek the introduction of a “permanent” new seven-day working roster for hospital staff in the forthcoming public sector pay talks.

Many health professions, such as nurses, work on a roster that covers the seven-day week but other key hospital staff such as radiographers generally work Monday to Friday.

Gloster is writing to all hospital staff to ask them to volunteer for a seven-day working ...