PSYCHIATRIC NURSES ASSOCIATION of Ireland

PSYCHIATRIC NURSES ASSOCIATION of Ireland
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PNA nurses have voted by 80% against acceptance of Labour Relations Commission (LRC) proposals for the staffing of a new Acute Psychiatric Unit at Cork University Hospital (CUH).

Commenting on the ballot outcome, PNA General Secretary , Des Kavanagh said the fact that nurses had rejected the LRC proposals despite the offer of incentives that would have made 17 temporary staff permanent and regularised the position of 12 staff in acting higher posts, reflected the depth of concern among nurses about staffing for the new unit.

‘The HSE needs to take on board the genuine concerns of nurses reflected in this ballot result and come back with serious proposals that meet the demand for additional staffing for the CUH unit before it, and the High Observation Unit, can open and serve the purpose for which they were built,' he said.

Media Contacts: Derek Cunningham 086-2430535/ Des Kavanagh 087-2313809