Written Answers. - Nursing Staff.

Ivor Callely

Question:

572 Mr. Callely asked the Minister for Health and Children the cost to his Department in 1998 for the employment of nurses from contract nursing agencies; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [1646/99]

As the recruitment of nurses is primarily a matter for the individual health service employers, the information requested by the Deputy is not readily available in my Department. However, the information is being compiled and will be forwarded to the Deputy as soon as possible.