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Hospital Staff

Dáil Éireann Debate, Wednesday - 19 May 2010

Wednesday, 19 May 2010

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John O'Mahony

Ceist:

129 Deputy John O’Mahony asked the Minister for Health and Children when she will lift the recruitment embargo on nursing staff; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [21037/10]

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Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Minister for Health and Children)

The Government has made clear that a critical part of its strategy to restore the public finances is to achieve sustainability in the cost of delivering public services relative to State revenues. To help achieve this goal, it will be necessary to restructure and reorganise the public service and to reduce public service numbers over the coming years. This requires that the moratorium on recruitment and promotion in the health service will continue to apply until the numbers have fallen to the level set out in the Employment Control Framework for the health sector. The Framework for 2010-2012 gives effect to the Government decision on employment policy in the public sector and provides that there will be a net reduction in employment to 2012. This includes a target reduction in numbers in 2010 to achieve the overall reduction of 6,000 from March 2009 to the end 2012 and consequential pay roll savings. Based on numbers reductions already achieved in 2009, the net target reduction to end 2012 is 4,560 WTE (or 1,520 per annum). While there is provision in the HSE's Employment Control Framework for some exemptions and exceptions these are limited because of the need to achieve the required payroll savings.

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