Written Answers. - Hospital Staff.

Michael Ring

Question:

526 Mr. Ring asked the Minister for Health and Children the number and categories of staff the hospitals in the Western Health Board area are seeking, on a hospital to hospital basis, giving details of the length of time these requests are awaiting ministerial approval; when he will sanction some of these appointments; and the appointments made over the past two years. [19354/00]

Applications for approval of posts received from the Western Health Board which have not been finalised by my Department are outlined in the following table. These posts will be considered in consultation with the Western Health Board in the context of competing priorities and the availability of additional resources for 2001. My Department has asked the Western Health Board to advise on the relative priority of these posts.

DateReceived

Hospital

Post/Service

27/01/00

Roscommon/Portiuncula

Consultant Radiologist and support staff

7/6/00

UCHG

Consultant Surgeon and support staff

1/8/00

Mayo General

Obstetrician/Gynaecologist and support staff

21/07/00

Mayo General

Consultant Physician and support staff

22/07/00

Mayo General

Consultant Radiologist and support staff

10/08/00

Mayo General

Consultant Paediatrician and support staff

16/08/00

UCHG and Merlin Park

Consultant Urologist and support staff

Non-consultant Posts

DateReceived

Hospital

Post/Service

3/3/00

Roscommon County

1 Registrar, 1 House Officer, 1 Staff Nurse, 1 Clerical Officer, 1 Ward Attendant

30/3/00

Mayo General

3 Senior House Officers

6/7/00

Mayo General

3 Interns

17/8/00

UCHG

Principal Physicist

Making of appointments is a matter for the Western Health Board. The total number of posts approved for the Western Health Board for 1998, 1999 and 2000 to date is detailed as follows:

Year

No of posts – (Whole timeequivalent)

1998

110.70

1999

302.40

2000 to date

312.00