Fianna Fáil TD for Kerry John Brassil is urging both sides in the ongoing dispute over recruitment and retention in mental health services to find a solution to avert a planned overtime ban, which is due to begin tomorrow.

The Psychiatric Nurses Association has threatened the action over what it claims is a lack of good faith in the negotiation process.

Deputy Brassil explained, “This overtime ban will have a serious impact on mental health services if it goes ahead. We are all well aware of the pressure that psychiatric nurses are under and I can understand their frustrations but I am appealing to them and the representatives from the Departments of Health and Public Expenditure & Reform to continue to engage meaningfully in a bid to bring this dispute to a conclusion.

“There is no doubt that people working in the health service are extremely disillusioned with the current system. We’ve already seen strikes by nurses, midwives and health support staff in the past few months. The frustration and anger felt by the psychiatric nurses is completely understandable and their concerns must be listened to.

“The concerns being raised by the PNA are legitimate. They are acting in the best interests of their patients and the government should not be taking them for granted.

“I am calling for both sides in this dispute to remain at the Workplace Relations Commission and to engage on the issues so that a solution can be found”, concluded Deputy Brassil.