Tuesday, 25 June 2013

Questions (95, 112)

Bernard Durkan

Question:

95. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Health the extent to which adequate, consultant, medical and nursing staff levels remain available to meet requirements throughout the hospital services and primary care areas; if any particular deficiencies have been identified; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [30358/13]

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Robert Troy

Question:

112. Deputy Robert Troy asked the Minister for Health if he is satisfied that vacancies in specialised areas that are exempt from the public sector embargo are being filled; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [30443/13]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 95 and 112 together.

The Government has decided that the numbers employed across the public service must be reduced in order to meet its fiscal and budgetary targets. In order to mitigate the impact on frontline services of the reduction in employment numbers, the priority is to reform how health services are delivered in order to ensure a more productive and cost effective health system. The additional working hours provided for in the Haddington Road Agreement are a pivotal element in this regard.

Subject to approval by senior managers, arrangements are in place in the HSE to allow the recruitment of staff where it has been established that there is an urgent service requirement. In addition, the HSE continues to fill a significant number of development posts in line with service priorities identified by Government.