Thursday 8 December 2016

Psychiatric staff in Galway go back to work after fears addressed

Published 22/04/2015 | 08:59

University Hospital Galway
University Hospital Galway

PSYCHIATRIC nurses in Galway who had refused to begin work this morning amid concerns about health and safety have taken up duty after their fears were addressed.

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Staff had claimed they have been left short-staffed at the acute psychiatric unit of Galway University Hospital on a number of occasions over the past months with assaults in the unit escalating as a result.

They claim there have been 36 assaults on staff since January.

10 staff at the hospital had refused to begin their shifts at 7.30am this morning after it materialised that the unit would be under staffed. They insisted a further four nurses were needed to safely operate the unit which cares for a number of high dependency clients.

The stand-off continued until 12.30pm today when management made the additional staff available.

Night staff who had remained on site, to continue giving care to clients, have now left the unit.

Noel Giblin General Secretary of the Psychiatric Nurses Association said the matter would now come before the Labour Relations Court next week where they hoped to find a long term solution to the problem.

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