Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees
Wednesday, 11 November 2020
Joint Oireachtas Committee on Health
HSE Winter Plan: HSE
I wish to focus on issues around testing and contract tracing staff and the recruiting of staff for the winter plan. Some weeks ago, we were told that there are 274 staff in contract tracing and there was a desire to ramp that up to 800. That is quite ambitious. What is the average length of contract for the 800 new hires expected by the end of the year? How many of the planned 800 in testing and tracing will be hired through a private recruitment company?
How much has the HSE paid a private recruitment company to recruit staff for the winter plan? CPL has been recruiting on behalf of the HSE in recent months. Was this contract put out to tender prior to CPL's appointment?