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Agency Staff Spend at Sligo Regional Hospital has more than doubled under this Government – Chris MacManus

17 November, 2015

Sinn Féin General Election candidate, Chris MacManus has today strongly criticised the Government in relation to the huge increase in agency staff spending at Sligo Regional Hospital.

The comments come in light of figures released by the HSE in a parliamentary question response to Sinn Féín.

Mr MacManus said:

“These figures are a clear demonstration that the recruitment moratorium imposed on our health service has been a failure.

“Instead of reducing costs it has contributed to increased wage bills, chronic understaffing and reduced services. Chronic overcrowding continues in acute hospitals across this state.

“The figures show that, in the lifetime of this Government, the staff agency spending at Sligo General Hospital has jumped from just under €2 million in 2010 to over €5 million in 2014.

“Despite all the spin from this Government about the easing of the recruitment moratorium, the spend until August this year has already exceeded that of 2010 levels.

“Clearly this Government has run out of ideas and has matched Fianna Fáil in terms of the chronic mismanagement of the health service.

“Sinn Féin has shown that it is possible to invest in our public services – we provided for an additional investment of €383 million in our health services in our Alternative Budget 2016. This would have allowed for the recruitment of 500 additional nurses, 250 midwives and 250 hospital consultants.

“Instead this Government chose to enact yet another regressive budget – protecting those at the top while patients and frontline health workers pay the price.”

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