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T he new acute adult mental health unit, which opened in the grounds of University Hospital Galway recently, represents a major step forward for local psychiatric services, the former chairperson of the HSE West's regional health forum said this week.
Councillor Catherine Connolly has welcomed the support of the Regional Health Forum regarding her motion suggesting the Forum receive an urgent report on what steps have been taken by HSE West to remedy the position of the psychiatric unit in Galway. Ms Connolly was speaking in relation to the ongoing health and safety concerns of the staff and those of the Mental Health Commission.
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.
Galway Roscommon Mental Health Services say at no stage has UHG been required to cater for an occupancy of more than the allocated bed capacity of 45.
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.
Eleven general staff nurses in Mayo General Hospital, who were facing the prospect of being unemployed at the end of this week, have had their contracts renewed for a three month period after the nurses boycotted the offering of a graduate programme which would lead to an immediate 20 per cent decrease in their wages.
Mayo mental health services has seen a reduction of 120 nurses from 260 to 140 since the introduction of the Croke Park Agreement three years ago, according to figures obtained by independent councillor Michael Kilcoyne. The Castlebar town councillor has hit out at An Taoiseach Enda Kenny for announcing only 14 new mental health posts in the county this week when “more than 114 are needed”.
The HSE Midlands has launched the second edition of the Portfolio of Mental Health Assessment Tools, which will enhance assessment for mental health clients. The launch, which was hosted in the Department of Nursing and Health Sciences at Athlone Institute of Technology, was attended by HSE mental heath services staff from Westmeath, Offaly, Longford, and Laois, mental heath practitioners, and service user groups.