Psychiatric nurses at the Acute Psychiatric Unit at University College Hospital, Galway, have agreed this lunchtime (Wednesday 22nd April) to take up duty on the Unit following agreement with management to make the Unit safe with the allocation of extra staff, and to enter talks with the PNA under the auspices of the Labour Relations Commission next Tuesday.
PNA National Secretary, Noel Giblin said staff had agreed to return to duty after HSE management agreed that extra staff would be brought onto the Unit from other areas of service and patients needing one on one special care would be facilitated with the appropriate staff.
‘PNA welcomes the intervention of the LRC and we hope that the Unit can remain safe and that staff will not be forced to take further action before the LRC meeting next week where we will be seeking sustainable and long term solutions to the issues at the UCHG Unit. Nothing less will be acceptable to make this Unit safe for staff and patients.'
Media Contacts: Derek Cunningham 0862430535/ Noel Giblin 087-2769569