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University Hospital Waterford spend €20 million on agency staff – Cullinane

4 May, 2016 - by David Cullinane TD

Sinn Féin TD David Cullinane has said he is alarmed that in the five year period from 2011-15 Waterford University Hospital spent almost €20 million on agency staff. Responding to figures he received as a result of a parliamentary question to the Minister for Health, Deputy Cullinane said:

“While I accept that hospitals must be properly staffed, this is a shocking waste of public money.

“In the two year period from 2014 to 2015, €11.5 million was spent at Waterford Hospital on agency staff.

“This is a damming indictment of the government’s shambolic health policy and its indifference to universal public health provision. 

“It also illustrates the ongoing privatisation of the health service and the erosion of working conditions for medical professionals committed to working in the public sector.” 

Note: See response to PQ below

PQ 8374/16 *To ask the Minister for Health the monies spent by University Hospital Waterford on agency staff for the years 2011 to 2015, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter.  [David Cullinane].

The Health Service Executive has been requested to reply directly to you in the context of the above Parliamentary Question, which you submitted to the Minister for Health for response. I have examined the matter and the following outlines the position.

The expenditure totals in respect of University Hospital Waterford for the following years was:-

·         2011       3,214,924.75

·         2012       1,648,498.90

·         2013       3,597,747,50

·         2014       6,289,020,99

·         2015       5,145,766.47

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