Tuesday, 23 July 2019

Questions (1655, 1656)

Pat Buckley

Question:

1655. Deputy Pat Buckley asked the Minister for Health the spend on agency staff for mental health services in each of the years 2014 to 2018 and to date in 2019; the original estimate for such expenditure in each year; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [33729/19]

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Pat Buckley

Question:

1656. Deputy Pat Buckley asked the Minister for Health the spend on agency staff for mental health services in each of the years 2014 to 2018 and to date in 2019; and the estimated cost if they had been permanent positions instead [33730/19]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 1655 and 1656 together.

As these are service matters I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond directly to the Deputy as soon as possible.