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PNA SAYS COLLAPSE OF TALKS ON NEW UCHG ACUTE MENTAL HEALTH UNIT EXTREMELY DISAPPOINTING AND CALLS ON HSE TO HONOUR COMMITMENTS ON BED NUMBERS IN NEW UNIT

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The PNA said today (Wednesday) it was dismayed and extremely disappointed after the breakdown of talks (under the auspices of the WRC) yesterday with the HSE on the opening of the new acute mental health admission unit at University College Hospital Galway (UCHG).

The PNA said the collapse of the talks resulted from the HSE insistence that it would open just 45 of the 50 beds earmarked for the new Unit. This is in direct violation to the agreement on the closure of 22 beds in Ballinasloe in 2014 when management outlined that 50 beds would become operational in Galway.

During the failed negotiations, the PNA highlighted huge concerns over the high level of bed occupancy within the existing unit, and the absence of service developments such as homebased treatment, crisis intervention teams and 24/7 mental health services that would lead to a reduction in bed occupancy.

PNA Industrial Relations Officer, Rory Kavanagh said:

‘The 2015 HSE Review of Roscommon Mental Health Services, which was a shocking indictment of management of the services, showed that €17.6million was handed back to the HSE in the period 2012-2014 at a time when there was compelling evidence of the under-investment in the mental health services in the West to meet the targets set out in the government's Vision for Change mental health strategy.'

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Meeting Re Red Alert Weather Days

09-03-18

Dear Members,

A delegation from PNA are meeting with the HSE on Tuesday 13th to discuss the recent adverse weather conditions and the effects on staff.

We will keep you updated as to the outcome

Kind regards

Peter Hughes - General Secretary

PNA Objects to Use of Staff's Annual Leave During Current Red Alert Weather Conditions

28-02-18

Dear Colleagues,

 

Please see below email to HSE stating the PNA's objection to the HSE Memo's intention to have annual leave used during the current weather conditions. In the event that you are unable to attend for work due to the current severe weather conditions we are advising members to apply for exceptional leave.

 

Yours sincerely,

Peter Hughes

General Secretary, PNA





 Dear Mr Delamere,

 

I am to refer to the attached memo dated February 27th 2018 re Red Alert Warning/Storm Ophelia.

 

It is totally unacceptable that frontline staff who are unable to attend work due to the adverse weather conditions will have that time deducted from their annual leave. 

 

The weather conditions we are experiencing are very exceptional and it is imperative that the employer shows compassion and understanding in these exceptional circumstances. Our members have shown committment by attending work in the most severe conditions for many years and have a proud record in this regard. Our members goodwill has been stretched for numerous years and this memo is an affront to that goodwill.

 

It is essential that this memo is amended to ensure that our members annual leave will not be affected and we will be advising our members where they are unable to attend for work due to the adverse weather to apply for exceptional leave.

I am available to meet at your earliest convenience.

 

Yours sincerely

Peter Hughes

General Secretary

 

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