Psychiatric nurses at University College Hospital Galway  (UCHG) have today (Tuesday) voted overwhelmingly in favour of industrial action in the ongoing dispute over staffing levels at the 45 bed acute psychiatric unit at the hospital.  The nurses , all  members of the Psychiatric Nurses Association (PNA),   voted  83% to 17% in favour of action.

Speaking following the vote, PNA General Secretary, Des Kavanagh said the result reflected the anger of nurses who have been left to provide services without proper staffing resulting in an unsafe environment for both staff and patients.

‘Today's result is a clear message to management  that they have one final opportunity to deliver on a firm commitment  made in the last few days to increase the staff compliment in this unit as quickly as possible.  Failing that the PNA now has a mandate to commence industrial action to ensure that services are delivered with proper staffing in place and in a manner that ensures the safety of both the staff and patients.'

Media Contact: Des Kavanagh, Gen Sec 0872313809/Derek Cunningham 0862430535

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Dear Members,

It has come to our attention that one member in the South paying PRSI Class A has been paid sick pay less Disability Benefit for the first 6 days of illness.

Members will be aware that in Budget 2014 the Government extended the non-payment of Disability Benefit at commencement of illness from 3 days to 6 days. Up to now the HSE have paid full sick pay for the first 3 days of illness to compensate for the loss of Disability Benefit. The PNA have raised this issue with HSE CERS and it has been confirmed as follows:

the Illness Benefit is configured to be paid by the HSE for the first 6 days rather than the first 3 days …… this is in keeping with Finance Direction.”

HSE CERS have also advised that any deviations from this policy should be raised directly with the local finance Dept.

Yours sincerely,

Seamus Murphy

Deputy General Secretary


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Response to Minister Lynch's Interview on RTE Radio,

Responding to recent comments by the Minister of State, Kathleen Lynch , Psychiatric Nurses Association ,General Secretary , Des Kavanagh, said today (Sunday , 20th April ) 'In my Report to the recent PNA Annual Conference I noted that many nurses in several parts of the country had over the past year expressed serious concerns re the number of suicides occurring in or related to their services. They had advised me that the number of suicides far exceeded what might have occurred in the past. In one service, Carlow Kilkenny South Tipperary, the nurses had actually identified 14 individual cases in less than 18 months.'


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Dear Members,

In the High Court today 26th May Mr Justice Peart granted leave to the PNA to challenge the New Sick Pay Scheme Regulations introduced by Minister Howlin, Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform by judicial review.  The case is listed for July 15th next.

Our legal team sought an order quashing the Public Service management (Sick Leave) regulation 2014 which halved the sick pay entitlement of public servants including psychiatric and Intellectual Disability nurses with effect from 1st April 2014. In its submission to the Court, the PNA argues that no reason has been provided for the exclusion of certain groups such as Central Bank staff from the new rules, while psychiatric nurses who work in situations of "extreme stress and significant hazard" are included.


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RTE This Week interview with Des Kavanagh General Secretary of Psychiatric Nurses Association who defends his claim that patients are not receiving adequate care.

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