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#Des Kavanagh

# des-kavanagh - Wednesday 25 June, 2014

Clinicians brand mental health report as 'damning indictment' of minister's work PNA

Clinicians brand mental health report as 'damning indictment' of minister's work

The Psychiatric Nurses Association say that the government’s roadmap for improvements in the sector needs to be overhauled.

# des-kavanagh - Thursday 18 April, 2013

Nurses warn of industrial action if government legislates for pay cuts

The Psychiatric Nurses Association has called on other public sector unions to threaten a ballot on industrial action if the government legislates to cut pay.

# des-kavanagh - Wednesday 18 January, 2012

Firefighters call for withdrawal of 'potentially dangerous' breathing gear

A union said firefighers’ lives could be in danger, and many were trying to use old equipment rather than controversial new sets.

# des-kavanagh - Wednesday 11 August, 2010

THE PSYCHIATRIC NURSES’ ASSOCIATION (PNA) claims that mental health services in Ireland are in ‘freefall’ with 20% of nurses retiring from the HSE over the past two years.

The association says that almost 600 nurses retires last year many due to stress and assaults from patients. The association also says that a further 250 are set to retire next year.

PNA General Secretary Des Kavanagh said that levels of violence are unprecedented. ‘Bouncers’ and security firms were being hired to provide ‘secure care’ due to the lack of nurse.

Kavanagh told RTE that gardaí in riot year were called to a number of hospitals last year. Only last week he said a patient in Tallaght set fire to the unit, another patient broke through the ceiling in a unit and wrapped himself in electrical wire.

Kavangh said there are now a large number of vacancies in the HSE. Kavanagh said that an exemption in the recruitment moratorium in the HSE only allows for 100 new nurses to be hired despite the large exodus.