Nurses will stage lunchtime protests at Cork and Limerick University Hospitals today.
The Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation wants the HSE to put plans in place for the expected winter increase in the number of patients presenting at hospitals.
The union representing nurses also claims up to 2,000 vacancies are still waiting to be filled in hospitals – a figure disputed by the HSE.
Lunchtime protests took place in Galway yesterday.
Ventry native Phil Ní Sheaghdha is the General Secretary of the INMO.