Wednesday, 8 May 2019

Questions (805)

Eugene Murphy

Question:

805. Deputy Eugene Murphy asked the Minister for Health if a person (details supplied) who was near the end of the recruitment process with the HSE and has now been advised that they cannot proceed due to the HSE recruitment embargo will be employed with the HSE once the moratorium has been lifted. [19121/19]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

Officials from my Department have been engaging intensively with the HSE in reaching agreement on a Pay and Numbers Strategy for 2019. The key focus in developing the strategy is to ensure that affordable and appropriate recruitment decisions are made by the HSE as they need to operate within their allocated budget considering the National Service Plan approved for 2019. Where individual Hospital Groups or CHOs have not demonstrated their ability to do this, the HSE has decided to introduce interim control measures in these locations, for a consolidation period of three months to the end of June, until it receives clarity on their plans and financial performance for Quarter 1 of 2019. On receipt and acceptance of balanced plans, these additional controls can be reviewed and removed where appropriate.

As your query refers to a specific location, I have asked the HSE to respond directly to the Deputy on the matter.

Question No. 806 answered with Question No. 803.