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Dáil Éireann Debate, Tuesday - 26 April 2022

Tuesday, 26 April 2022

Questions (1458)

Pádraig MacLochlainn

Question:

1458. Deputy Pádraig Mac Lochlainn asked the Minister for Health if he will examine the possibility of nurses and other healthcare workers having the right to early retirement through a cost neutral early retirement scheme similar to that available to teachers in this State. [19685/22]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

Cost Neutral Early Retirement (CNER) was introduced in 2005 by the Department of Finance and was made available across the health service - Department of Finance Circular 10/2005 refers. Any individual who wishes to apply for CNER should make their application to their employer in the first instance.

It should be noted that approval for CNER must take account of the staffing needs of the organisation. Therefore consideration of applications must have regard to current recruitment challenges and the need to expand the numbers currently engaged in the provision of health care services.

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