SIPTU representatives have reached agreement with the management of the Health Service Executive (HSE) in a dispute arising from union members exclusion from emergency department consultative forums. The agreement follows talks between the parties at the Workplace Relations Commission this afternoon (Thursday, 4th February). SIPTU Health Division Organiser, Paul Bell, said: “The SIPTU position was clear, our members and our colleagues in the IMO and IMPACT found it unacceptable that their representatives were excluded from the emergency department consultative forums. It has now been agreed that the Workplace Relations Commission will oversee a parallel process of talks involving SIPTU representatives and the HSE to deal with overcrowding in our hospitals. “Management has also given a commitment to open discussions on extending the Emergency Department Implementation Group to include SIPTU, the IMO and IMPACT.” He added: “Our members working in nursing, radiography, ambulance services, support grades and health professionals are vital to finding solutions to the ongoing overcrowding crisis. They intend to play an active, positive and vocal role in finding resolving this issue. Today we have taken a positive step towards achieving this objective.”