Wednesday 21 August 2019

Mental health clinics face shutdown in overtime ban

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Eilish O'Regan

Eilish O'Regan

Mental health clinics face cancellation and other psychiatric services could be disrupted today as nurses resume an overtime ban.

The Psychiatric Nurses Association (PNA) said that its members will work to rule following the collapse of talks on pay at the Workplace Relations Commission.

The overtime ban was suspended to allow for the talks but it will now resume, forcing nurses to be taken from community clinics to provide cover for inpatient units.

PNA general secretary Peter Hughes said: "Our members are resolute that our mental health services cannot continue under a cloud of constant staff shortages which are impacting at all levels of the services.

"With 700 current vacancies and a haemorrhage of staff to better-paid posts in the private sector and abroad, the crisis in recruitment and retention is growing by the week and cannot be allowed to continue."

The HSE said contingency measures will be in place at local level.

Nurses overtime ban to disrupt mental health services

Irish Independent

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