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Figures for staff leaving mean “major blow to Health Services”

21 January, 2012 - by Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD

Sinn Féin Health spokesperson Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD has said the numbers of personnel now revealed to be leaving the HSE will mean a major blow to the health services.

Commenting on HSE figures that show 3,500 will have left between last September and the end of February next, including 1700 nurses and 50 consultants, Ó Caoláin said:

“The scale of these departures of staff from the HSE will mean a major blow to health services in this State. Front-line services cannot be maintained with this scale of redundancies. The loss of nurses in particular will mean a serious reduction in services for patients. Particular regions and services will also face major challenges – for example the loss of four surgeons in the Dublin/North-East region.

“Minister Reilly has signalled his intent to tinker with the bureaucracy at the top of the HSE – without reducing the 110 senior managers on salaries of over €110,000. He should reduce these salaries and ring-fence all front-line health service posts, lifting the recruitment embargo so that vital patient care can be provided.” ENDS

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