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80% increase in Agency Staff Spend for Tullamore General Hospital under this Government – Carol Nolan

17 November, 2015 - by Carol Nolan

Local Councillor and Sinn Féin General Election candidate Carol Nolan has today criticised the Government over the huge increase in the spend on agency staff for Tullamore General Hospital.

Councillor Nolan was commenting on figures released by the HSE in response to a Parliamentary Question from Sinn Féin which shows that the annual amount spent on agency staff has almost doubled during the term of this Government.

Cllr Nolan said:

“The fact that there has been such an enormous increase in the amount spent on agency staff for Tullamore General Hospital shows clearly that the recruitment moratorium in the health service has been a failed policy.

“Indeed, despite the spin from the Government on the easing of the recruitment moratorium it appears that the figure spent on agency staff at the hospital in 2015 will be in line with the figure spent last year.

“The amount of money spent on agency staff has jumped from just over €3 million in 2010 to almost €5.5 million for the first 8 months in 2015.

“These figures are a sign of a Government that has simply run out of ideas on how to address the growing crisis in our health service and it is the patients languishing on trollies and front line staff pushed to the pin of their collar that are paying the price for this Government’s incompetence.

“Sinn Féin showed clearly how a significant investment of €383 million could be used to provide an additional 500 nurses, 250 midwives and 250 consultants in our front line health services.

“This contrasts with the paltry allocation of €18 million by the Government in this year’s budget – clearly this Government is more concerned with protecting those at the top than providing a functioning health service for the benefit of all our citizens.”

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