HSE expresses concern at unwillingness of Unions to discuss patient safety concerns

May 7th, 2008



Inpatient Services in Naas Unit to be Suspended Due to Safety Concerns


The Health Service Executive (HSE) is very disappointed and concerned at the failure of the Psychiatric Nurses' Association (PNA) and SIPTU to attend a scheduled meeting with the HSE today. The meeting was to discuss how patient safety during the current industrial relations dispute could be maintained.


Mr. Brendan Mulligan, Assistant CEO of the Health Service Executive Employers Agency (HSEA) pointed out that -


"The failure of the unions to attend, or even notify the HSE of their non attendance, raises very serious questions about the commitment of union leadership to patient safety which is extremely worrying.


"We would call on the unions to take this issue seriously, and stress that the HSE is willing to meet with them at any time to discuss this important safety issue."


Meanwhile, as a consequence of the ongoing PNA\SIPTU industrial action, the situation in Lakeview Acute Mental Health Unit at Naas General Hospital has reached critical point.


There have been significant ongoing difficulties in staffing the Lakeview Unit. However, due to the uncertainty about the ability to deliver a continuity of care in a safe environment, a decision has been made to immediately transfer patients to other treatment facilities.


This is a regrettable step but one that is at this point unavoidable and has been taken in the best interest of patients.


This decision is being communicated to the relevant patients, their carers, and all other relevant medical and other parties in the Kildare area.


With regard to claims concerning the Central Mental Hospital, the hospital remains open. Management of the HSE have met with both unions locally and are managing the situation on a daily basis.







Last updated on: 07 / 05 / 2008