Tuesday, 27 January 2004

Questions (637)

Seán Crowe

Question:

751 Mr. Crowe asked the Minister for Health and Children the number of social workers employed in each health board; and the number of unfilled vacancies for social workers in each of the health boards. [1933/04]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Health and Children)

The number of social workers employed in each of the health boards for the period ending September 2003 is contained in the followingtable. The figures are in whole-time equivalentterms.

Social Workers Employed in the Health Boards

Eastern Regional Health Authority

650

Midland Health Board

80

Mid-Western Health Board

140

North Eastern Health Board

109

North Western Health Board

120

South Eastern Health Board

122

Southern Health Board

234

Western Health Board

130

Total

1,585

Responsibility for human resource planning, including the filling of vacant social worker posts in each health board region, rests with the chief executive officer of each board. Each CEO, in managing the workforce in his or her region, is responsible for determining the appropriate staffing mix and the precise grades of staff to be employed in line with service plan priorities, subject to overall employment levels remaining within the approved regional employment ceiling. My Department has, therefore, asked the regional chief executive of the ERHA and the chief executive officers of the health boards to investigate the matter raised by the Deputy and reply to him directly.