Increase in HSE managers ‘hard to accept given harsh cutbacks to frontline services’ - Ó Caoláin
Sinn Féin spokesperson on Health, Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD has stated that reports that the numbers of HSE senior managers in hospitals have increased are “hard to accept given the harsh cutbacks to frontline services over the same period.”
Deputy Ó Caoláin stated:
“It has come to light that the number of senior managers in HSE hospitals has increased by over 10% in the past three and a half years. Over the same period nursing and support staff levels fell dramatically. This included a drop of 5,200 nursing posts or 13.5% at one point.
“We are dismayed to find that a management-heavy HSE is still with us. The HSE that we have been told so many times is not fit for purpose is also still with us. We have learned that those employed in middle management roles in the acute hospital sector has also risen.
“The HSE has tried to argue that these roles are essential for an organisation of its size, unfortunately they fail to grasp that nursing and support staff, are equally, if not more important roles. These roles ensure that every citizen has access to quality care in a dignified manner.
“It is clear that the HSE needs reform and that the Minister must ensure that this reform places the needs of patients at its centre” - concluded Deputy Ó Caoláin.