Former nurses stepping up to play their part

LOCAL nurses who have left the profession, whether for retirement or to take up new jobs, are currently re-registering so they can play their part in combating the coronavirus.  Across the country and the world former medical workers are stepping up and getting ready to return to the frontline to help in the battle against […]

Health workers join forces on the picket line at SWAH

Nurses and health workers across all boards at SWAH joined forces on the picket line in a third stage of strike action over pay parity and staffing issues.  Despite the Department of Health urging unions to “defer industrial action” members of the RCN and Unison branches at SWAH came together “for the sake of patient […]


Further health strikes to hit SWAH next week

FURTHER strike action has been scheduled to take place at SWAH this week after failed negotiations between health unions across the North and the Department of Health.  From 10am to 2pm on Friday, all Unison members from the Western Trust at SWAH, Omagh Hospital and Altnagelvin Hospital. Patricia McKeown, Regional Secretary of Unison said, “The […]


Don’t use us as political football, says health union

ON Monday members of Unison, gathered once again at the picket line to demonstrate their frustrations over pay parity and staffing levels, with further action to cause serious disruption across all boards of the local community and SWAH.  Members of the union have demanded that the health service “should not be used as political leverage,” […]


Fears over massive disruption as nurses’ to strike

PHARMACY staff at SWAH kicked off the first leg of industrial action this week, with further strike action by union members to take place over the coming weeks.  Chief Executive of the Western Trust, Dr Anne Kilgallen said, “The treatment and care of our patients and service users will remain our top priority. “We wish […]


Nurses gearing up for strike action over pay

NURSES may take industrial action in the  coming weeks over staffing levels and pay. There are currently around 3,000 vacancies across the North, including hundreds in the Western Trust area, with shortages placing extra pressures on staff to patient ratio.  There are fears that strike action could have a devastating effect on the local health […]