PSYCHIATRIC NURSES PROTEST IN WATERFORD AND KILKENNY OVER LACK OF SERVICES, UNDERSTAFFING AND OVERCROWDING
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Psychiatric nurses (members of the Psychiatric Nurses Association PNA) mounted joint lunchtime protests today (Tuesday 5 th December) at St Luke's Hospital Kilkenny and University Hospital Waterford, to highlight the consistent and ongoing overcrowding and staffing crisis faced by those accessing vital services at these two acute mental health admission units.
Nurses are demanding the provision of new and expanded community services, more rigorous management of beds, long stay beds and an end to understaffing to address the crisis in services in the Kilkenny and Waterford region.
PNA Industrial Relations Officer, Michael Hayes said that despite increased overcrowding and mounting staff shortages in UHW and Kilkenny there have been no realistic proposals from management to address the issues facing mental health services in the south east.
‘PNA has highlighted a number of instances earlier this year when overcrowding led to patients, both children and adults, spending the night on chairs when there was no bed for them. The common response from management when these episodes are highlighted is that changes will occur, but as today's protests show , nurses have seen no changes and patients continue to encounter mental health services that cannot be delivered professionally while things remain as they are.'