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PNA CONCERNED AT SLOW PACE OF COVID-19 VACCINE ROLL-OUT TO MENTAL HEALTH AND INTELLECTUAL DISABILITY SERVICE USERS AND STAFF

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The Psychiatric Nurses Association (PNA) today (Friday, 22nd January) expressed serious concerns at the delayed and sporadic roll-out of the Covid -19 vaccine throughout the mental health and intellectual disability (ID) services.

Mr Peter Hughes, PNA General Secretary, said there is growing concern by both staff and service users that they are not being sufficiently prioritised for vaccination and are not being communicated properly with on the scheduling of the vaccine delivery.

He said frontline mental health and intellectual disability staff and service users are among the most vulnerable to infection in the health services, yet they are not being prioritised and many of them are now feeling left behind in the current vaccination roll-out.

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A Face in the Crowd - Event Photos

The PNA was delighted to collaborate with the Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery and REACH RCSI and stage a play “A Face in the Crowd” on February 4th 2020.

This piece of theatre originated in Co Wexford supported by Wexford Mental Health Association and was created by local individuals for their community,  and written by former psychiatric nurse Niall O’Muiri. Born out of the belief that through the telling of real stories of the lived experience of people with Mental Illness we become aware of the recovery process from mental health difficulties, this play provided the opportunity to unearth insights that may better inform our futures.

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PNA ANNUAL CONFERENCE TOLD MENTAL HEALTH SHARE OF HEALTH BUDGET CUT AS SERVICES FACE RISING DEMAND AND IMPACT OF COVID -19 

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Thursday 26th November 2020 – The Annual Delegate Conference of the Psychiatric Nurses Association (PNA) – which is taking place online – has been told that despite growing demand at all levels for mental health services that the percentage of the overall health budget for mental health has actually decreased by 1%.

The conference also heard that up to 200 extra nurses will be required for the full opening of the new National Forensic Mental Health Services in Portrane , in North County Dublin next year. 

Commenting on the overall percentage reduction in the mental health budget PNA General Secretary, Peter Hughes told the Conference:

“This is outrageous and clearly highlights the lack of understanding of our politicians of the inadequacy of our current services or the extent of the growing demands for mental health services at every level.”

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BUDGET ALLOCATION FOR MENTAL HEALTH TOTALLY INADEQUATE TO FUND MENTAL HEALTH STRATEGY AND MEET GROWING DEMAND FOR SERVICES

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The Psychiatric Nurses Association (PNA) today (Wednesday ,October 14th ) strongly criticised the Budget 2021 allocation for mental health services as totally inadequate to properly fund the Government’s Sharing the Vision mental health strategy or to meet the mounting level of demand for mental health services, much of which is resulting from the Covid-19 pandemic.

PNA General Secretary, Peter Hughes said the Budget allocation of €50 million to mental health was in reality an extra €38 million with €12million to go to support existing levels of services.

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  1. UNACCEPTABLE THAT NATIONAL AMBULANCE SERVICE WAS AWARE OF LOOMING PAYROLL PROBLEMS FOR EMTs WEEKS AGO BUT TOOK NO ACTION
  2. PNA SAYS IMPLEMENTATION AND POLITICAL WILL KEY TO SUCCESS OF NEW ‘SHARING THE VISION’ MENTAL HEALTH POLICY
  3. MENTAL HEALTH COMMISSION REPORT SHOWS CONSEQUENCES OF LACK OF INVESTMENT IN MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES AND FAILURES IN IMPLEMENTATION OF VISION FOR CHANGE STRATEGY
  4. ACTIONS TO ADDRESS CRISIS IN MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES MUST BE CENTRAL TO ANY PROGRAMME FOR GOVERNMENT
  5. INCOMING GOVERNMENT MUST PRIORITISE FUNDING AND CAPACITY ISSUES TO MEET GROWING DEMAND FOR MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES
  6. OVERCROWDING IN EMERGENCY DEPARTMENTS PUTTING HUGE PRESSURES ON AMBULANCE SERVICES AND STRETCHING PERSONNEL TO THE LIMITS
  7. Result of the ballot in relation to the Recruitment and Retention Dispute
  8. PSYCHIATRIC NURSES PROTEST AT UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL WATERFORD (UHW) AT ONGOING OVERCROWDING AND UNDERSTAFFING IN ACUTE PSYCHIATRY UNIT
  9. PNA SAYS OVERCROWDING IN WATERFORD MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES HAS REACHED NEW LEVELS AND IS PLACING INTOLERABLE HARDSHIP ON SERVICE USERS AND STAFF
  10. PNA AMBULANCE MEMBERS PROTEST AT DAIL IN CONTINUATION OF CAMPAIGN IN DEMAND OF THE RIGHT TO REPRESENTATION BY THE TRADE UNION OF THEIR CHOICE
  11. PNA STATEMENT
  12. PNA MEMBERS WILL NOT WORK BEYOND CONTRACTED HOURS FROM WEDNESDAY FOLLOWING COLLAPSE OF TALKS TO RESOLVE RECRUITMENT AND RETENTION CRISIS IN MENTAL HEALTH
  13. HSE disregards contingency planning for ambulance service during strike action - PNA
  14. PNA AMBULANCE MEMBERS TO HOLD SECOND 24 HOUR STRIKE TOMORROW (Friday)
  15. PSYCHIATRIC NURSES WILL ONLY WORK CONTRACTED HOURS FROM TOMORROW (Thurs. 11 th .) AS PNA SAYS FIVE MONTHS OF TALKS TO ADDRESS RECRUITMENT AND RETENTION CRISIS HAVE GONE NOWHERE
  16. PNA SAYS MEMBERS WILL NOT WORK BEYOND CONTRACTED HOURS IN RESPONSE TO LACK OF PROGRESS IN RESOLVING RECRUITMENT AND RETENTION CRISIS IN MENTAL HEALTH
  17. PNA AMBULANCE MEMBERS TO PROTEST AT DAIL TOMORROW (July 4 th .) AND ANNOUNCE FURTHER 24 HOUR STRIKE DAY IN DEMAND OF RIGHT TO REPRESENTATION BY THE TRADE UNION OF THEIR CHOICE
  18. PNA AMBULANCE MEMBERS' FIRST 24-HOUR STRIKE TO COMMENCE AT 7 a.m Tomorrow – Friday, 31 st May
  19. PNA AMBULANCE MEMBERS TO COMMENCE SERIES OF 24-HOUR STRIKES AS CAMPAIGN ON THE RIGHT TO REPRESENTATION BY THE TRADE UNION OF THEIR CHOICE ESCALATES
  20. Update on Recruitment and Retention Dispute
  21. Update 21.05.19
  22. PNA AMBULANCE MEMBERS PROTEST AT DAIL AHEAD OF MAJOR ESCALATION OF INDUSTRIAL ACTION TO 24 HOUR STRIKES IN DEMAND OF  RIGHT TO REPRESENTATION BY THE TRADE UNION OF THEIR CHOICE
  23. PNA ANNUAL CONFERENCE TOLD MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES STAFFING SHORTAGES TO GROW AS RECRUITMENT AND RETENTION CRISIS WORSENS
  24. PNA AMBULANCE BRANCH TO MOVE TO 24 HOUR STRIKES IN MAJOR ESCALATION OF CONTINUING CAMPAIGN FOR RIGHT TO REPRESENTATION BY THE TRADE UNION OF THEIR CHOICE
  25. PNA SAYS CLOSURE OF ROSALIE UNIT, CASTLEREA, A BREACH OF POLITICAL PROMISES AND IS AGAINST THE INTERESTS OF SERVICE USERS AND FAMILIES
  26. PNA AMBULANCE MEMBERS TO STRIKE FOR SIXTH DAY TOMORROW AND EGM TO CONSIDER FURTHER INDUSTRIAL ACTION IN DEMAND OF RIGHT TO REPRESENTATION BY THE TRADE UNION OF THEIR CHOICE
  27. PNA AMBULANCE MEMBERS TO HOLD FIFTH DAY OF STRIKE TOMORROW IN DEMAND OF RIGHT TO REPRESENTATION BY THE TRADE UNION OF THEIR CHOICE
  28. PNA AMBULANCE MEMBERS TO HOLD PROTEST AT DAIL TOMORROW AND ANNOUNCE TWO FURTHER STRIKE DAYS IN DEMAND OF RIGHT TO REPRESENTATION BY THE TRADE UNION OF THEIR CHOICE.
  29. PNA AMBULANCE BRANCH CAMPAIGN CONTINUES WITH DAIL PROTEST ON WEDNESDAY 27th. MARCH
  30. UPDATE 15/02/19 STRIKE ACTION SUSPENDED
  31. STATEMENT FROM PSYCHIATRIC NURSES ASSOCIATION (PNA)
  32. PNA SAYS REFUSAL OF HSE TO ATTEND WRC TALKS AHEAD OF AMBULANCE PERSONNEL STRIKE IS IRRESPONSIBLE AND CALLS ON MINISTER HARRIS TO INTERVENE TO RESOLVE DISPUTE
  33. PSYCHIATRIC NURSES VOTE IN FAVOUR OF INDUSTRIAL ACTION IN RESPONSE TO INACTION ON RECRUITMENT AND RETENTION CRISIS IN NURSING
  34.  STATEMENT FROM PSYCHIATRIC NURSES ASSOCIATION
  35. PNA AMBULANCE PERSONNEL TO HOLD ONE DAY STRIKE IN ONGOING INDUSTRIAL ACTION ON  RIGHT TO JOIN THE UNION OF THEIR CHOICE
  36. PNA SAYS ONGOING IMPACT OF AMBULANCE PERSONNEL OVERTIME BAN IS PUTTING AMBULANCE SERVICES UNDER STRAIN AND WARNS OF ESCALATION OF INDUSTRIAL ACTION
  37. PNA TO BALLOT FOR INDUSTRIAL ACTION ON ISSUE OF NURSE RECRUITMENT AND RETENTION IN MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES
  38. PNA WARNS OF ONGOING DISRUPTION TO AMBULANCE SERVICES AS OVERTIME BAN CONTINUES INTO SECOND WEEK AND CALLS ON MINISTER HARRIS TO INTERVENE
  39. AMBULANCE PERSONNEL TO COMMENCE OVERTIME BAN FROM TOMORROW (Weds.)  IN DEMAND OF THE RIGHT TO BE REPRESENTED BY PNA UNION
  40. AMBULANCE PERSONNEL PROTEST IN DUBLIN AS INDUSTRIAL DISPUTE ON RIGHT TO REPRESENTATION BY PNA UNION TO ESCALATE
  41. PNA NURSES REJECT PAY PROPOSALS AS INADEQUATE TO ADDRESS RECRUITMENT AND RETENTION ISSUES AND CALLS FOR TALKS TO AVERT MOVE TO BALLOT FOR INDUSTRIAL ACTION
  42. PNA National Executive meet in Portlaoise
  43. PNA SAYS UP TO 700 NURSING POSTS NOW VACANT ACROSS MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES WHILE PAY COMMISSION FAILS TO ADDRESS NURSE RECRUITMENT AND RETENTION ISSUE
  44. PNA Meeting with Minister for Mental Health, Mr Jim Daly
  45. PNA WELCOMES APPOINTMENT OF NEW ADVANCED NURSE PRACTITIONER POSTS AS IMPORTANT CONTRIBUTION TO ADDRESSING ONGOING CRISIS IN CHILD AND ADOLESCENT MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES
  46. ADVANCED NURSE PRACTITIONERS AND NOT ONLINE CONSULTATIONS ARE KEY TO MEETING SOARING DEMANDS FOR CHILD AND ADOLESCENT MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES
  47. PNA WELCOMES HSE DECISION TO REVERSE PLANS TO REDUCE NUMBER OF BEDS IN NEW ACUTE UNIT AT UCHG
  48. Opening Statement from PNA General Secretary , Peter Hughes to the Joint Committee on the Future of Mental Health Care Recruiting Clinicians for Mental Health Services -13th June 2018
  49. PNA SAYS APPOINTMENT OF ADVANCED NURSE PRACTITIONERS AND OPENING OF DAY HOSPITALS ARE KEY TO ADDRESSING GROWING WAITING LISTS FOR ADMISSION TO CAMHS SERVICES
  50. LATEST INCREASE IN CAMHS WAITING LIST EXTREMELY DISAPPOINTING AND DEMAND ROLE FOR ADVANCED NURSE PRACTITIONERS IN PROVIDING INITIAL ASSESSMENT FOR SERVICES