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Minister refuses to lift damaging health service recruitment ban – O’Reilly

15 May, 2019 - by Louise O'Reilly TD

Speaking this afternoon, Sinn Féin Health spokesperson Louise O’Reilly TD has said it is incredible that Minister for Health Simon Harris refuses to lift the health service recruitment ban, despite the damage it is causing the health service and the evidence it is failing.

Teachta O’Reilly said:

“Despite the evidence that his health service recruitment ban is damaging the health service, the Minister for Health has confirmed to me today that he will not lift the ban.

“Even after his attention was drawn to the fact that persons who were offered jobs are now being told that the positions are no longer available, he has refused to intervene in this matter.

“My office has been contacted on a consistent basis by nurses, doctors, and others who were issued with job offers and have moved home from abroad or tendered resignation for current jobs in this State and they are now being told there is no longer a job for them.

“There are areas across the health service where money is being haemorrhaged, but the Minister cares very little for these issues - namely the spending of over €300 million per year on expensive and temporary agency staff, an issue which he is happy to allow to continue.

“With the health service being banned from directly hiring staff, hospitals will be forced to take on expensive agency staff to cover the burden of work. Such a move will make spending skyrocket and it highlights the idiocy of the Ministers ban.

“There are many areas where savings can be made and where radical changes need to be made to the health service, indeed many of them are contained within Sláintecare, but suspending recruitment for medical and healthcare professionals is not the way to achieve savings or to reduce waste in the HSE.” 

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