Written Answers. - Hospital Services.

Frances Fitzgerald

Question:

114 Ms Fitzgerald asked the Minister for Health and Children if he will establish hospital-based social work posts in all hospitals throughout the country to ensure that the social and emotional aspects of illness are recognised and responded to. [8330/98]

The issue of staffing needs is a matter for each individual health board, subject to their approved staffing ceiling and financial allocation. It is the responsibility of the chief executive officer of each health board to identify manpower requirements and to direct staffing resources to areas of particular priority.