Wednesday, 2 April 2008

Ceisteanna (299)

Bernard Allen

Ceist:

356 Deputy Bernard Allen asked the Minister for Health and Children if she will make a statement on a recent Health Service Executive report which states that it needs an additional 1,863 full-time equivalent health staff to fulfil the service targets outlined in its national health plan 2008; the action she will take in relation to this matter; and the projected cost of the target. [11790/08]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Minister for Health and Children)

An overall employment ceiling of 112,560 whole time equivalents has been set for the public health services for 2008. This level of employment provides for 1,050 additional new posts arising from development funding provided by the Government in the Budget Day package for 2008. Following consideration of the requirements to deliver the priorities identified by Government in the Budget package, 1050 posts have been approved for 2008. A breakdown of these development posts is provided as follows.

Service

2008 Development Funding

No of Development posts to be filled in 2008

€m

Older People

22.00

100

Palliative Care

3.00

50

Disability

49.96

710

Cancer

15.00

90

Population Health

17.96

100

Total

1,050

The filling of the above development posts are to be managed by the HSE within the employment control framework for the health services and its own circular issued in January 2008 which sets out revised arrangements for the filling of all posts, including development posts in 2008.

Furthermore, the service plan monitoring process will outline details of the implementation of these service developments including funding allocation and staffing.