Government Targets to Bring Down Health Service Staff to 95,500 by 2014-End

Government Targets to Bring Down Health Service Staff to 95,500 by 2014-EndThe Department of Health said in a report that government is making plans to cut down the health services as it said that it will shed around 3,500 posts by the next year.

In addition, it is planning to bring the number of staff down to 95,500 in next two years. The plans come as part of Croke Park Agreement. However, the next year cuts announced excluded the positions which are approved by unfilled as of now.

It asserted that if these positions are counted, the number could rise to 3,800. The budget for health will be cut by 800 million in 2013 as the financial condition is under strain. In spite of warning the Department of health over the issue of overrunning on the cost, it received additional 360 million funds this year.

The staff unions seem concerned greatly about the latest announcements about the job cuts. In February 5,000 staff members quit the services after changes in pension which put the extreme pressure on the system. With recent proposal, the strain on the health services will obviously increase.

"The challenges faced by the system require stakeholders to consider all options and co-operate with voluntary redundancy programmes and other measures to accelerate reductions in staff numbers", added the report.