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Health Service recruitment ban must end – O’Reilly

2 May, 2019 - by Louise O'Reilly TD

Speaking this morning, Sinn Féin Health spokesperson Louise O’Reilly TD has said the government recruitment ban for the health is having a devastating effect on staff and patients alike.

Teachta O’Reilly said:

“I warned the Minister and the government some weeks back that introducing a recruitment ban in the health service at a time when the service is collapsing under a recruitment and retention crisis was reckless.

“The decision was shortsighted and the implications are devastating for staff and patients alike.

“The decision to suspend recruitment in the HSE in 2007 has led to persistent and serious staffing problems in the health service, so it baffles me why the Minister has gone down this road again.

“There have been many reports in the media over the past few days outlining the devastating impact the ban is having on workers waiting to take up new posts in the health service as they are left in complete limbo.

“We must also ask how the ban pertains to existing healthcare and medical staff or those considering returning home to work in the health service - I can imagine they are disillusioned and angry over this decision and how the health service is being run.

“There are numerous areas where savings can be made in the health service, but punishing staff is not the answer.

“The Minister needs to immediately lift this ban and ensure that we have the necessary staff to run our health service.” 

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