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Hospital appointments in Carlow/Kilkenny to go ahead following suspension of nurses strike

Outpatient appointments at St Luke’s and other hospitals in the region will go ahead today following the suspension of this week’s nurses strike.

Surgical patients will be contacted by their hospital if their procedure is going ahead.

The HSE says it will do everything it can to restore normal service today.

The deal will be discussed by Cabinet Ministers later this morning which could see nurses get a pay rise of up to 7 per cent.

Finance Minister Paschal Donohue has refused to be drawn on the details until then, but says he believes it’s consistent with the public service stability agreement.

Meanwhile a list of spending projects that will have to be delayed because of an overspend at the National Children’s Hospital will be presented to cabinet today.

Government ministers are also expected to be told how a €50 million gap in the health budget will be found this year.