Written Answers. - Health Board Employees.

480.

asked the Minister for Health the number of persons employed in each health board area in each of the following categories: (a) specialist consultant (b) junior hospital doctor (c) hospital nurse (d) public health nurse (e) other nurse (f) public health doctor (g) community based social worker (h) medical social worker (i) psychiatric social worker (j) other social worker (k) physiotherapist and (l) home helps.

The latest information available in regard to the categories of staff mentioned is as follows:—

Health Board Area

Eastern

Mid-land

Mid-Western

North Eastern

North Western

South Eastern

Southern

Western

(a) Hospital Consultants

459

30

53

41

36

61

139

98

(b) Junior Hospital Doctors

812

47

94

68

59

73

230

204

(c) Hospital Nurses

7,470

1,087

1,768

1,332

1,277

2,028

3,165

2,478

(d) Public Health Nurses

367

97

109

115

107

155

153

169

(e) Other Nurses

722

101

183

248

111

63

147

85

(f) Public Health Doctors

68

11

14

8

11

23

24

21

(g) Social Workers in Community Care Areas

86

13

8

9

26

17

33

35

(h) Medical Social Workers

86

2

2

2

(i) Psychiatric Social Workers

31

1

1

1

4

4

(j) Other Social Workers

108

9

29

10

10

35

19

20

(k) Physiotherapists

194

12

16

16

16

29

45

35

(l) Home Helps

1,823

317

343

493

838

287

829

732