Tuesday, 26 February 2013

Questions (696)

Robert Dowds

Question:

696. Deputy Robert Dowds asked the Minister for Health if there will be any recruitment of paramedics in 2013, 2014 or 2015; if there will be any process by which those wishing to become paramedics may become familiar with the job to better prepare them and if there will be any age limit placed on the recruitment of paramedics. [10101/13]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

The Government has decided that the numbers employed across the public service must be reduced in order to meet its fiscal and budgetary targets. The health sector must make its contribution to that reduction. However, the HSE can make staff appointments once it remains within its overall employment ceiling and has the financial resources to do so. As the recruitment of paramedics is a matter for the HSE in the first instance, the Deputy's enquiry has been referred to the Executive for direct reply.