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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

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Wednesday 15 th   May  - Ambulance personnel members of the Psychiatric Nurses Association (PNA) from around the country protested at Leinster House, Kildare St. today (Wednesday 15 th May) at 1 p.m. for a second time in demand  of their right to be represented by the PNA as the union of their choice. Today's  protest will initiate a new campaign of  escalating industrial action with two 24 hour strikes in the coming weeks,  with  one taking place in the week beginning 27 th   May, and the second in the week beginning 3rd June.

Peter Hughes, PNA General Secretary said PNA ambulance branch members were again bringing their protest to Leinster House to ensure that politicians hear the strength of resolve and determination that the members  have to secure the basic right to join and  be represented by a recognised trade union.

‘That this dispute has been allowed by the HSE to fester and drag on for over a year is a disgrace. This is especially so when the HSE has refused invitations to the WRC and calls from across the political divide to recognise the wishes of ambulance personnel and end this unnecessary dispute. The unanimous support shown at our  PNA Annual Delegate Conference in Wexford in recent weeks was heartening, and confirms that this dispute is not going away until the rights of ambulance personnel are respected and vindicated.'

Sinead McGrath,  PNA Ambulance Branch Chairwoman, said:

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PNA ANNUAL CONFERENCE TOLD MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES STAFFING SHORTAGES TO GROW AS RECRUITMENT AND RETENTION CRISIS WORSENS

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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'

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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

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Thursday, 18th April - Ambulance personnel members of the Psychiatric Nurses Association (PNA) meeting in Mullingar today agreed to escalate theirindustrial action with a rolling series of 24 hour strikes in pursuit of their right to join and be represented by the PNA as the union of their choice. Dates for the series of 24- hour national ambulance strikes will be confirmed at the PNA Annual Delegate Conference on May 2nd. PNA ambulance personnel will also mount a second protest at Dail Eireann on May 15th.

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PNA SAYS CLOSURE OF ROSALIE UNIT, CASTLEREA, A BREACH OF POLITICAL PROMISES AND IS AGAINST THE INTERESTS OF SERVICE USERS AND FAMILIES

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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.

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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

 

Tuesday 9 th April - Ambulance personnel members of the Psychiatric Nurses Association (PNA) will mount their sixth day of strike nationally tomorrow, Wednesday 10 th April, in their continuing campaign for their right to join, and be represented by the PNA as the union of their choice. The strike action will run from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

Meanwhile, in its ongoing campaign the PNA National Ambulance Branch will hold an Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) of its members on Thursday, April 18 th in Mullingar, Co. Westmeath to consider further escalation of  industrial action.

Over 500 PNA ambulance branch members (including paramedics, advanced paramedics and emergency medical technicians) are determined in their campaign for the fundamental right to join and be represented by the union of their choice. The members totally reject the continued effort by the HSE to force them to be members of unions they do not want to join.

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  1. PNA AMBULANCE MEMBERS TO HOLD FIFTH DAY OF STRIKE TOMORROW IN DEMAND OF RIGHT TO REPRESENTATION BY THE TRADE UNION OF THEIR CHOICE
  2. 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.
  3. PNA AMBULANCE BRANCH CAMPAIGN CONTINUES WITH DAIL PROTEST ON WEDNESDAY 27th. MARCH
  4. STATEMENT FROM PSYCHIATRIC NURSES ASSOCIATION (PNA)
  5. 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
  6. PSYCHIATRIC NURSES VOTE IN FAVOUR OF INDUSTRIAL ACTION IN RESPONSE TO INACTION ON RECRUITMENT AND RETENTION CRISIS IN NURSING
  7. PNA AMBULANCE PERSONNEL TO HOLD ONE DAY STRIKE IN ONGOING INDUSTRIAL ACTION ON  RIGHT TO JOIN THE UNION OF THEIR CHOICE
  8. PNA SAYS ONGOING IMPACT OF AMBULANCE PERSONNEL OVERTIME BAN IS PUTTING AMBULANCE SERVICES UNDER STRAIN AND WARNS OF ESCALATION OF INDUSTRIAL ACTION
  9. PNA TO BALLOT FOR INDUSTRIAL ACTION ON ISSUE OF NURSE RECRUITMENT AND RETENTION IN MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES
  10. PNA WARNS OF ONGOING DISRUPTION TO AMBULANCE SERVICES AS OVERTIME BAN CONTINUES INTO SECOND WEEK AND CALLS ON MINISTER HARRIS TO INTERVENE
  11. AMBULANCE PERSONNEL TO COMMENCE OVERTIME BAN FROM TOMORROW (Weds.)  IN DEMAND OF THE RIGHT TO BE REPRESENTED BY PNA UNION
  12. AMBULANCE PERSONNEL PROTEST IN DUBLIN AS INDUSTRIAL DISPUTE ON RIGHT TO REPRESENTATION BY PNA UNION TO ESCALATE
  13. PNA SAYS UP TO 700 NURSING POSTS NOW VACANT ACROSS MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES WHILE PAY COMMISSION FAILS TO ADDRESS NURSE RECRUITMENT AND RETENTION ISSUE
  14. PNA WELCOMES APPOINTMENT OF NEW ADVANCED NURSE PRACTITIONER POSTS AS IMPORTANT CONTRIBUTION TO ADDRESSING ONGOING CRISIS IN CHILD AND ADOLESCENT MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES
  15. ADVANCED NURSE PRACTITIONERS AND NOT ONLINE CONSULTATIONS ARE KEY TO MEETING SOARING DEMANDS FOR CHILD AND ADOLESCENT MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES
  16. PNA WELCOMES HSE DECISION TO REVERSE PLANS TO REDUCE NUMBER OF BEDS IN NEW ACUTE UNIT AT UCHG
  17. 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
  18. PNA SAYS APPOINTMENT OF ADVANCED NURSE PRACTITIONERS AND OPENING OF DAY HOSPITALS ARE KEY TO ADDRESSING GROWING WAITING LISTS FOR ADMISSION TO CAMHS SERVICES
  19. LATEST INCREASE IN CAMHS WAITING LIST EXTREMELY DISAPPOINTING AND DEMAND ROLE FOR ADVANCED NURSE PRACTITIONERS IN PROVIDING INITIAL ASSESSMENT FOR SERVICES
  20. PNA ANNUAL CONFERENCE TOLD PAY COMMISSION MUST DELIVER SIGNIFICANT PAY MEASURES TO ADDRESS NURSING RECRUITMENT AND RETENTION CRISIS IN MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES
  21. INDUSTRIAL ACTION BY PSYCHIATRIC NURSES COMMENCES IN WATERFORD, AND ESCALATES IN KILKENNY, IN RESPONSE TO OVERCROWDING AND STAFF SHORTAGES
  22. INDUSTRIAL ACTION BY PSYCHIATRIC NURSES COMMENCES IN WATERFORD, AND ESCALATES IN KILKENNY, IN RESPONSE TO OVERCROWDING AND STAFF SHORTAGES
  23. PSYCHIATRIC NURSES IN WATERFORD REGION BALLOT TO COMMENCE INDUSTRIAL ACTION IN RESPONSE TO OVERCROWDING AND STAFF SHORTAGES
  24. PSYCHIATRIC NURSES PROTEST IN WATERFORD AND KILKENNY OVER LACK OF SERVICES, UNDERSTAFFING AND OVERCROWDING
  25. LATEST HIQA ARAS ATTRACTA REPORT CONFIRMS EXTENT OF HSE FAILURE TO IMPLEMENT VITAL MANAGEMENT REFORMS
  26. 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
  27. UNACCEPTABLE FOR TWO ADULT ADMISSIONS TO SPEND THE NIGHT ON CHAIRS AT WATERFORD PSYCHIATRIC UNIT - PNA
  28. PNA DEMANDS HSE ACTION IN FOLLOW UP TO DAMNING REVIEW OF ROSCOMMON MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES
  29. PNA DESCRIBES LONG AWAITED REVIEW OF ROSCOMMON MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES AS SHOCKING AND QUESTIONS ROLE OF MANAGEMENT IN IMPLEMENTATION OF REPORT RECOMMENDATIONS
  30. PNA DEMANDS NURSING POSTS ARE FILLED URGENTLY TO ADDRESS SAFETY CONCERNS FOR STAFF AND PATIENTS AT KILKENNY MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES
  31. PNA SAYS ATTEMPT BY MINISTER OF STATE JIM DALY TO BLAME UNIONS FOR LACK OF PROGRESS IN HEALTH REFORM AT ODDS WITH REALITY
  32. HSE FIGURES REVEAL UNACCEPTABLE SLOW PACE OF RECRUITMENT TO MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES THAT ARE STRUGGLING TO MEET GROWING DEMAND ACROSS ALL SERVICES
  33. MINSTER McENTEE MUST PROTECT CHILD AND ADOLESCENT SERVICES AFTER TALKS FAIL TO AVERT CLOSURE OF 11 CAMHS BEDS AT LINN DARA
  34. PNA CALLS ON MINISTER McENTEE TO INTERVENE TO PREVENT CLOSURE OF LINN DARA CHILD AND ADOLESCENT MENTAL HEALTH SERVICE BEDS
  35. STATEMENT FOLLOWING MEETING OF IRISH MEDICAL ORGANISATION, IRISH NURSES AND MIDWIVES ORGANISATION AND PSYCHIATRIC NURSES ASSOCIATION
  36. ADMISSION OF CHILD TO CHAIR IN ADULT PSYCHIATRIC UNIT UNACCEPTABLE AND HIGHLIGHTS CRISIS IN MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES IN SOUTH EAST- PNA
  37. DISCHARGE OF PSYCHIATRIC PATIENTS WITHOUT FULL FAMILY INVOLVEMENT RECKLESS AND IRRESPONSIBLE SAYS KAVANAGH
  38. NURSES AT ST. PATRICK'S HOSPITAL TO BALLOT ON INDUSTRIAL ACTION FOLLOWING DECISION TO CLOSE DEFINED BENEFIT PENSION SCHEME FROM JUNE
  39. MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES LOSE OUT AGAIN IN CONFUSION ON €35 MILLION BUDGET SPENDING COMMITMENT
  40. PNA SAYS RESTORATION OF 2011-2015 GRADUATE INCREMENT POSITIVE FOR EFFORTS TO RECRUIT AND RETAIN NURSING STAFF
  41. MINISTER FOR HEALTH ACCEPTS PAY ANOMALY FOR 2011-2015 GRADUATE NURSES IN MEETING FOLLOWING NURSES PROTEST
  42. PNA IN JOINT CAMPAIGN CALLING FOR END TO PAY ANOMALY FOR 2011-2015 NURSING GRADUATES
  43. ISSUE OF POSTS FOR 2016 PSYCHIATRIC NURSE GRADUATES IN MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES IN THE NORTH WEST RESOLVED
  44. PNA SETTLES DISPUTE AND LIFTS INDUSTRIAL ACTION AFTER AGREEMENT AT WORKPLACE RELATIONS COMMISSION
  45. Industrial Action Update No: 5
  46. Advanced Nurse Practitioners (ANP's)
  47. PSYCHIATRIC NURSES TO ESCALATE INDUSTRIAL ACTION FOLLOWING LACK OF CONCRETE PROPOSALS FROM HSE ON NURSE RECRUITMENT AND RETENTION
  48. PNA EXPRESSES ‘DEEP CONCERN’ AT REPORTS INTO GOVERNANCE AND MANAGEMENT OF THE NMBI
  49. PSYCHIATRIC NURSES TO BEGIN INDUSTRIAL ACTION TOMORROW (29th June) ON STAFFING CRISIS IN MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES
  50. 'VISION FOR CHANGE' STRATEGY HAS RESULTED IN REDUCED STAFFING, SERVICES AND INVESTMENT IN MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES SAYS PNA