Written answers

Thursday, 20 December 2012

Department of Health

Health Service Staff

Photo of Éamon Ó CuívÉamon Ó Cuív (Galway West, Fianna Fail)
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To ask the Minister for Health the projected reduction or increase in staff in the disability sector in 2013; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [57722/12]

Photo of James ReillyJames Reilly (Dublin North, Fine Gael)
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The Government has decided that the numbers employed across the public service must be reduced to 282,500 by the end of 2014 in order to meet its fiscal and budgetary targets. The health sector must make a proportionate contribution to the achievement of this reduction.

Following the publication of the Health Estimates on 5 December, the HSE's National Service Plan is in preparation. In accordance with the Act, the HSE's service plan will set out the type and volume of health and personal social services to be provided by the Executive in 2013. The plan will also set out the net employment reduction to be achieved for 2013. It is not possible at this stage to outline the effect of the required employment reduction on any particular service area.


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