Members of the Psychiatric Nurses Association have voted in favour of industrial action.

The group says their decision is in response to the ongoing recruitment and retention crisis within the health service.

95% of members voted in favour of the proposal, up to and including strike action.

A plan for industrial action will be presented to the PNA Board at its next meeting on January 10th.

PNA General Secretary, Peter Hughes called on the Department of Health and the HSE to engage with them in a bid to avert the need for industrial action.