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Psychiatric nurses at University Hospital Galway will begin industrial action next week in a bid to ensure a safer environment for staff and patients at the hospital's acute psychiatric unit.
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.
A lunchtime protest taking place outside UHG today (Thursday) will highlight what the Psychiatric Nurses’ Association claims are crisis staffing levels at the hospital’s 45 bed acute psychiatric unit.
The Regional Hospital in Mullingar is to get a new paediatric unit, it was revealed this week.
There was good news this week in Mayo with the announcement that €100,000 will be invested in youth facilities in two towns in the county. Both Castlebar and Ballinrobe were selected as two of 30 locations across the country for new youth cafés in a list that was announced by Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Frances Fitzgerald as part of a total package worth €1.5 million.
Fianna Fáil spokesperson on jobs Dara Calleary has said the news of 80 job losses at Homecare Medical Supplies comes as a major blow to east Mayo.
A series of five information evenings entitled Gatekeepers: Community Mental Health Promotion Programme will be taking place in Athlone during October and November starting on Thursday October 17 at 7.30pm.
Mayo General Hospital will not be downgraded and in fact could benefit from additional services due to its inclusion in the new West and North West Hospital Group.
More than €20 million is owed to four hospitals in the HSE west area by private health insurance companies, a meeting of the regional forum was told this week.