Dozens of violent assaults on nurses forced work refusal at city psychiatric unit

Thu, Apr 23, 2015

An unprecedented number of assaults on nurses at University Hospital Galway’s acute psychiatric unit in the past four months was at the centre of their decision to refuse to go on duty yesterday (Wednesday) morning at 7.30am. At the time of going to press night staff had remained on duty to run the service in the interim.

Nurses at the facility were subjected to 36 assaults since January, a figure which is “unprecedented in an acute mental health facility anywhere in Ireland”, according to Peter Hughes, the general secretary designate of the Psychiatric Nurses Association.

Speaking to this newspaper on his arrival in Galway to meet members, he said the normal level of assaults on staff is “nothing near” this figure. While assaults have been ongoing, the number of incidents escalated over the past few months, he said.


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