SIPTU representatives have today (Wednesday, 27th June) confirmed that members working as psychiatric nurses at St Luke’s General Hospital in county Kilkenny have suspended planned industrial action. SIPTU Sector Organiser, Marie Butler, said: “Our members decision to suspend their industrial action follows a firm commitment by management to put in place a sustainable plan to end the ongoing overcrowding crisis in the Department of Psychiatry. This plan includes our members’ proposal to establish a working group to review and to enhance the bed management role in the Department of Psychiatry. “This a significant win for our members who strongly believe that the role of bed management is key to resolving the overcrowding crisis.” She added: “Our members, and those they care for, will benefit greatly from this result as professional care should always be given in a safe and calm environment.”