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Monday, 4 th February, 2019 : The  Officer Board of the Psychiatric Nurses Association (PNA) met today (Monday) and agreed that the planned overtime ban to take place this week on 5 th , 6 th and 7 th February will be escalated on Wednesday  6 th,  and Thursday,  7 th to a full 24 hour ban to include overnight rosters. Tomorrow's (Tuesday 5 th February) ban will remain as a daytime overtime ban. The action will apply to adult mental health services.

Peter Hughes, PNA General Secretary, said this week's action by psychiatric nurses was going ahead in the absence of any meaningful engagement or proposals from the Government to address the recruitment and retention crisis in nursing.  He said the extension of the overtime ban to overnight on  Wednesday and Thursday would unfortunately show the reliance of mental health services on overtime , despite the repeated assurances from Government that there is no substantive issue with understaffing and recruitment and retention in mental health nursing.

A joint PNA, INMO Rally of Nurses will be held this coming Saturday , February 9 th commencing at the Garden of Remembrance, Parnell Square at 12.30 p.m. Both unions are calling on the public to use the occasion to show their support for nurses.

Media Contact :  Derek Cunningham 086-2430535