Following a special meeting today (Thursday, 15th Nov.) of its National Executive Committee NEC) the Psychiatric Nurses Association (PNA) is to ballot its members for industrial action, up to and including strike,  The NEC is recommending in favour of industrial action in the ballot which will commence  next Wednesday (21st Nov.)

Peter Hughes , PNA General Secretary , said today's NEC outcome reflected the disappointment by mental health nurses that the recent Public Service Pay Commission Report had failed completely to understand the scale of the recruitment and retention crisis in the mental health services and their frustration at the continued lack of  realistic proposals to address nurse recruitment and retention.

Derek Cunningham 


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