PNA warns of crisis situation in mental health services over weekend if dispute isn’t resolved

A local psychiatric nurses representative has warned that if their dispute isn’t resolved quickly a crisis situation will develop over the weekend.

Caroline Brilly was speaking as members of the Psychiatric Nurses Association implement an overtime ban for the second day in a row.

The nationwide action is impacting services at St. Lomans in Mullingar and the psychiatric units of Roscommon, Sligo and Galway hospitals where the associiaton has hundreds of members.

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The PNA says that nurses are frustrated that little or no progress has been made in negotiations to resolve the crisis in recruitment and retention within the mental health sector.

The HSE says the overtime ban will have a significant impact and it’s monitoring the situation. Particular problems are expected to be experienced when nurses’ shifts end.

Industrial Relations Officer with the PNA covering the Midlands, Caroline Brilly, says if a resolution to the indefinite dispute isn’t found swiftly the impact on services will escalate considerably over the weekend.