Nurses defer action at Saint Ita's Hospital

RTÉ, August 3, 2011 Psychiatric nurses at Saint Ita's Hospital in Portrane in Co Dublin have agreed to defer industrial action until next week. The dispute is over the Government's plan to close the acute unit at the hospital at the end of this month. Industrial action began at the hospital at 8 AM but was postponed at 11.30 AM following agreement with the Health Service Executive to attend talks. Members of the Psychiatric Nurses Association are to meet the HSE at the Labour Relations Commission next Thursday, 11 August. The union says the closure of the unit will mean a loss of up to 50 beds for the area. ... Nurses