Tuesday, 16 June 2020
Department of Health
Health Services Staff
471. To ask the Minister for Health the number of personnel recruited in February, March, April and May 2020, respectively, to the HSE due to the Covid-19 pandemic who were working in nursing homes and care homes immediately prior; the steps taken to ensure that nursing homes and care homes had at the time adequate resources to fill vacancies arising; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [10477/20]
While the HSE is providing unprecedented supports to nursing homes including relevant clinical and infection prevention and control advice, funding, access to PPE and in some cases, where necessary, staffing support, nursing home providers, under the Health Act 2007 (Care and Welfare of Residents in Designated Centres for Older People) Regulations 2013, are ultimately responsible for ensuring that the number and skill mix of staff is appropriate having regard to the needs of the residents.
With regard to the recruitment question the Deputy has raised, I have asked the HSE to respond directly on this matter.