A RALLY IS BEING ORGANISED IN SUPPORT OF PNA MEMBERS WORKING WITHIN THE AMBULANCE SERVICE AND THEIR RIGHT TO BE REPRESENTED BY THE PNA Venue: DÅIL EIREANN Date: July 04th, 2019 - Time: 12.30pm -2.30pm All Welcome For Further Info Contact your Local Union Representative ** PLEASE SUPPORT **
PNA calls on new HSE Director General to end divisive dispute
Thursday, 23 rd May - The Psychiatric Nurses Association (PNA) said today (Thursday) that the first of a series of 24 hour strikes by its ambulance personnel members (including paramedics, advanced paramedics and emergency medical technicians) in pursuit of their demand for the right to be represented by the PNA as the union of their choice will take place from 7 a.m. Friday 31 st May to 7 a.m. Saturday 1 st June. The strike by over 500 ambulance personnel members of the PNA is a further escalation of the industrial dispute and more 24-hour strikes will follow on dates to be announced in the coming weeks.
Peter Hughes, PNA General Secretary, said once again the HSE was forcing an escalation in a dispute that is entirely of the HSE's making. To date, PNA ambulance branch members have engaged in a work to rule and have undertaken six strike days since the dispute began.
Peter Hughes said: “It has become very clear that not alone has the HSE refused to engage in the normal industrial relations protocol of agreeing contingency plans for our previous strike days, but it has also exploited the professionalism and dedication of ambulance personnel to ensure that ambulance services are provided even in a strike situation. HSE management have sat back and placed the responsibility of maintaining ambulance cover on our members. As we move to 24 hour strikes it is incumbent on the HSE to comply with custom and practice and negotiate contingency arrangements for the planned 24-hour strike days.”
A PNA delegation met with the HSE, Department of Health and Department of Public Expenditure and Reform from 2pm – 7pm yesterday under the auspices of the WRC. A revised Enhanced Nurse Contract was addressed in detail and a further revised contract with an explanatory leaflet will be forwarded to us in the next few days.
A number of other elements were addressed inclusive of ANP’s posts, allowances etc. We are back in the WRC on 7th June where a final management position will be presented in relation to all our “asks”. I appreciate that this process has been very protracted however it is imperative all details of a final proposal are addressed and clarified.
CONFERENCE HEARS CHILD AND ADOLESCENT MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES INADEQUATE TO MEET GROWING DEMAND AND STAFFING OF NEW FORENSIC MENTAL HEALTH HOSPITAL WILL BE MAJOR CHALLENGE
The current shortage of nurses in mental health services is growing while demand in all aspects of services increases the General Secretary of the Psychiatric Nurses Association (PNA) told the union's 48 th Annual Delegate Conference meeting in Wexford today (Thursday 2 nd May.)
PNA General Secretary, Peter Hughes said the recruitment and retention crisis shows no signs of easing with emigration of psychiatric nursing graduates, the attraction of better pay and conditions in the private sector and a prospect of 34% of psychiatric nurses retiring by 2021 all adding to the crisis.
‘Even now the HSE solution to the crisis has been to impose an embargo on all recruitment from April. This move is only adding to the staffing crisis and I am calling on the HSE to immediately introduce derogation from this embargo for mental health and intellectual disability services'
The Psychiatric Nurses Association (PNA) today (Friday 12th April) strongly condemned the decision of the HSE to close the Rosalie Community Psychiatric Unit in Castlerea, Co Roscommon. The PNA said the closure, which the HSE has claimed is in line with the recommendations of the Anderson Report, is a clear breach of repeated political commitments to keep the unit open and is against the wishes of service users and their families/carers.