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Members of the Psychiatric Nurses Association in Kerry, say they’re ‘not optimistic’ about tomorrrow’s planned industrial action being called off at the last minute.

PNA Psychiatric Nurses' Association

The PNA nationally is currently in dispute over the retention and recruitment of nurses to the mental health services.

In a statement released late last night, they claim management has failed to implement  Workplace Relations Commission proposals agreed between the Department of Health/HSE and the PNA on August 5th.

The management side say the implementation of the agreed proposals, is contingent on acceptance of the agreement coming from Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Paschal Donoghue.

To date the Minister has not given his consent to the proposals.

In the absence of this consent, the PNA say they will escalate the industrial action from tomorrow, and this will include a ban on overtime.

The closure of community based services and the redeployment of staff to residential services is also likely.

Last ditch talks to avoid an escalation will take place today at the Workplace Relations Commission.