Kerry PNA to meet this evening to consider Labour Court recommendation on Deer Lodge

The Kerry branch of the Psychiatric Nurses Association is to hold a meeting this evening to consider the Labour Court recommendation on Deer Lodge.

The Labour Court issued a binding recommendation last week around staffing the new 40 bed mental health unit in Killarney.

The issue of staffing Deer Lodge has been ongoing for some time; interim proposals drawn up by the Workplace Relations Commission were rejected by the Psychiatric Nurses Association.

They asked for further discussions at the WRC, but the HSE opted for a full hearing at the Labour Court, which has since made a binding recommendation.

The HSE says this means the €13 million Deer Lodge facility in Killarney should open in the near future, with the next step being to identify an opening date.

The Kerry branch of the PNA is to meet this evening in Killarney to consider the recommendation, and whether to co-operate with the opening or to continue to oppose it until what they describe as a more acceptable staffing configuration is agreed.

The branch has also sent a letter to the Mental Health Commission outlining their objections to the registration of Deer Lodge as an approved centre for the reception, admission and detention of persons under the Mental Treatment Act 2001, based on the staffing model proposed by the HSE South.