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PNA welcomes recommendation to restore pre-2013 working hours

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Monday 10th January 2022: The Psychiatric Nurses Association (PNA )  today  (Monday ) welcomed a recommendation from  Independent Body Examining Additional Working Hours chaired by Kieran Mulvey that working time in the public service should be restored to pre-Haddington Road Agreement levels from the 1st of July 2022.

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PNA SAYS MINISTER DONNELLY MUST ADDRESS ISSUE OF PAYMENTS AND ALLOWANCES FOR STUDENT NURSES NOW

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Student nurses (members of the Psychiatric Nurses Association, PNA) today (Tuesday, 2nd November) joined other student nurses in a demonstration at Leinster House at the continued delay by Health Minister Stephen Donnelly in addressing the unfair treatment of student nurses and the delay in publishing the review of allowances for student nurses and pay rates for 4th. year students on paid internship placement.

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PNA WELCOMES MHC REVIEW WHICH RECOGNISES ROLE OF FRONTLINE STAFF IN MEETING CHALLENGES OF COVID-19 FOR MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES AND THE NEED FOR INVESTMENT IN ‘FIT FOR PURPOSE’ RESIDENTIAL AND IN-PATIENT FACILITIES

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The Psychiatric Nurses Association (PNA) today (Thursday, 10th June ) welcomed the publication of the Mental Health Commission Review Examining the Impacts and Response to Covid -19 in Residential Mental Health Services and said it was a timely and valuable review of the impact of Covid-19 on a particularly vulnerable part of our health services and the lessons that need to be learned for future investment in mental health facilities.

PNA General Secretary, Peter Hughes the MHC Review highlighted the essential element that front line staff, and in particular nurses provide in delivering mental health services and the enormous commitment nurses made to maintain those services even when many nurses had themselves contracted the virus.

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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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  1. BUDGET ALLOCATION FOR MENTAL HEALTH TOTALLY INADEQUATE TO FUND MENTAL HEALTH STRATEGY AND MEET GROWING DEMAND FOR SERVICES
  2. UNACCEPTABLE THAT NATIONAL AMBULANCE SERVICE WAS AWARE OF LOOMING PAYROLL PROBLEMS FOR EMTs WEEKS AGO BUT TOOK NO ACTION
  3. PNA SAYS IMPLEMENTATION AND POLITICAL WILL KEY TO SUCCESS OF NEW ‘SHARING THE VISION’ MENTAL HEALTH POLICY
  4. MENTAL HEALTH COMMISSION REPORT SHOWS CONSEQUENCES OF LACK OF INVESTMENT IN MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES AND FAILURES IN IMPLEMENTATION OF VISION FOR CHANGE STRATEGY
  5. ACTIONS TO ADDRESS CRISIS IN MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES MUST BE CENTRAL TO ANY PROGRAMME FOR GOVERNMENT
  6. INCOMING GOVERNMENT MUST PRIORITISE FUNDING AND CAPACITY ISSUES TO MEET GROWING DEMAND FOR MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES
  7. OVERCROWDING IN EMERGENCY DEPARTMENTS PUTTING HUGE PRESSURES ON AMBULANCE SERVICES AND STRETCHING PERSONNEL TO THE LIMITS
  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. 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
  21. PNA ANNUAL CONFERENCE TOLD MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES STAFFING SHORTAGES TO GROW AS RECRUITMENT AND RETENTION CRISIS WORSENS
  22. 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
  23. PNA SAYS CLOSURE OF ROSALIE UNIT, CASTLEREA, A BREACH OF POLITICAL PROMISES AND IS AGAINST THE INTERESTS OF SERVICE USERS AND FAMILIES
  24. 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
  25. PNA AMBULANCE MEMBERS TO HOLD FIFTH DAY OF STRIKE TOMORROW IN DEMAND OF RIGHT TO REPRESENTATION BY THE TRADE UNION OF THEIR CHOICE
  26. 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.
  27. PNA AMBULANCE BRANCH CAMPAIGN CONTINUES WITH DAIL PROTEST ON WEDNESDAY 27th. MARCH
  28. STATEMENT FROM PSYCHIATRIC NURSES ASSOCIATION (PNA)
  29. 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
  30. PSYCHIATRIC NURSES VOTE IN FAVOUR OF INDUSTRIAL ACTION IN RESPONSE TO INACTION ON RECRUITMENT AND RETENTION CRISIS IN NURSING
  31. PNA AMBULANCE PERSONNEL TO HOLD ONE DAY STRIKE IN ONGOING INDUSTRIAL ACTION ON  RIGHT TO JOIN THE UNION OF THEIR CHOICE
  32. PNA SAYS ONGOING IMPACT OF AMBULANCE PERSONNEL OVERTIME BAN IS PUTTING AMBULANCE SERVICES UNDER STRAIN AND WARNS OF ESCALATION OF INDUSTRIAL ACTION
  33. PNA TO BALLOT FOR INDUSTRIAL ACTION ON ISSUE OF NURSE RECRUITMENT AND RETENTION IN MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES
  34. PNA WARNS OF ONGOING DISRUPTION TO AMBULANCE SERVICES AS OVERTIME BAN CONTINUES INTO SECOND WEEK AND CALLS ON MINISTER HARRIS TO INTERVENE
  35. AMBULANCE PERSONNEL TO COMMENCE OVERTIME BAN FROM TOMORROW (Weds.)  IN DEMAND OF THE RIGHT TO BE REPRESENTED BY PNA UNION
  36. AMBULANCE PERSONNEL PROTEST IN DUBLIN AS INDUSTRIAL DISPUTE ON RIGHT TO REPRESENTATION BY PNA UNION TO ESCALATE
  37. PNA SAYS UP TO 700 NURSING POSTS NOW VACANT ACROSS MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES WHILE PAY COMMISSION FAILS TO ADDRESS NURSE RECRUITMENT AND RETENTION ISSUE
  38. PNA WELCOMES APPOINTMENT OF NEW ADVANCED NURSE PRACTITIONER POSTS AS IMPORTANT CONTRIBUTION TO ADDRESSING ONGOING CRISIS IN CHILD AND ADOLESCENT MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES
  39. ADVANCED NURSE PRACTITIONERS AND NOT ONLINE CONSULTATIONS ARE KEY TO MEETING SOARING DEMANDS FOR CHILD AND ADOLESCENT MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES
  40. PNA WELCOMES HSE DECISION TO REVERSE PLANS TO REDUCE NUMBER OF BEDS IN NEW ACUTE UNIT AT UCHG
  41. 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
  42. PNA SAYS APPOINTMENT OF ADVANCED NURSE PRACTITIONERS AND OPENING OF DAY HOSPITALS ARE KEY TO ADDRESSING GROWING WAITING LISTS FOR ADMISSION TO CAMHS SERVICES
  43. LATEST INCREASE IN CAMHS WAITING LIST EXTREMELY DISAPPOINTING AND DEMAND ROLE FOR ADVANCED NURSE PRACTITIONERS IN PROVIDING INITIAL ASSESSMENT FOR SERVICES
  44. PNA ANNUAL CONFERENCE TOLD PAY COMMISSION MUST DELIVER SIGNIFICANT PAY MEASURES TO ADDRESS NURSING RECRUITMENT AND RETENTION CRISIS IN MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES
  45. INDUSTRIAL ACTION BY PSYCHIATRIC NURSES COMMENCES IN WATERFORD, AND ESCALATES IN KILKENNY, IN RESPONSE TO OVERCROWDING AND STAFF SHORTAGES
  46. INDUSTRIAL ACTION BY PSYCHIATRIC NURSES COMMENCES IN WATERFORD, AND ESCALATES IN KILKENNY, IN RESPONSE TO OVERCROWDING AND STAFF SHORTAGES
  47. PSYCHIATRIC NURSES IN WATERFORD REGION BALLOT TO COMMENCE INDUSTRIAL ACTION IN RESPONSE TO OVERCROWDING AND STAFF SHORTAGES
  48. PSYCHIATRIC NURSES PROTEST IN WATERFORD AND KILKENNY OVER LACK OF SERVICES, UNDERSTAFFING AND OVERCROWDING
  49. LATEST HIQA ARAS ATTRACTA REPORT CONFIRMS EXTENT OF HSE FAILURE TO IMPLEMENT VITAL MANAGEMENT REFORMS
  50. PNA SAYS SEANAD REPORT HIGHLIGHTS AGAIN THE SERIOUS DEFICIENCIES IN CHILD AND ADOLESCENT MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES AND CALLS FOR URGENT ACTION TO IMPLEMENT REPORT'S RECOMMENDATIONS