Written Answers - Health Service Staff.

Thursday, 21 January 2010

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 699 No. 3

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  151.  Deputy Joanna Tuffy  Information on Joanna Tuffy  Zoom on Joanna Tuffy   asked the Minister for Health and Children  Information on Mary Harney  Zoom on Mary Harney   the number of permanent staff and temporary staff employed by the Health Service Executive at the end of 2007, 2008 and 2009 in tabular form; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [2877/10]

Minister for Health and Children (Deputy Mary Harney): Information on Mary Harney  Zoom on Mary Harney  I wish to advise that the numbers (WTE excl. Career Breaks) of staff in the public health service at the end of 2007, end of 2008 and at the end of November 2009 (the latest data available), as recorded on the health service personnel census, are as follows:

31/12/2007 31/12/2008 30/11/2009
WTE Permanent 70,140 71,388 75,197
WTE Job-Sharing 3,485 3,123 3,062
WTE Temporary 16,197 14,084 11,087
WTE Locum 3,691 3,061 2,595
WTE Part-Time 12,587 14,393 12,731
WTE Sessional 822 470 352
WTE Training 4,582 4,508 4,744
Total WTE excl. Career Break 111,505 111,025 109,769

  152.  Deputy Joanna Tuffy  Information on Joanna Tuffy  Zoom on Joanna Tuffy   asked the Minister for Health and Children  Information on Mary Harney  Zoom on Mary Harney   the number of social workers employed by the Health Service Executive at the end of 2007, 2008 and 2009 in tabular form; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [2878/10]

[1011]Minister for Health and Children (Deputy Mary Harney): Information on Mary Harney  Zoom on Mary Harney  I wish to advise that the numbers (WTE excl. career breaks) of social worker grades employed in the public health service at the end of 2007, end of 2008, and at the end of November 2009 (the latest data available), as recorded on the Health Service Personnel Census (HSPC), are as follows:

31/12/2007 31/12/2008 30/11/2009
Social Worker 1,047.97 1,061.78 1,080.00
Social Worker, Medical 141.4 140.23 138.82
Social Worker (Non-professionally qualified) 174.97 156.99 49.93
Social Worker, Principal 234.63 223.06 223.16
Social Worker, Psychiatric 32.71 31.53 31.99
Social Worker, Psychiatric Senior 1 2.8 1.8
Social Worker, Senior Medical 153.62 150.22 159.91
Social Worker, Team Leader 330.98 331.71 346.84
Social Work Practitioner, Senior 138.9 137.35 147.02
Total 2,256.18 2,235.67 2,179.47

Employment data for social workers includes the grade of Social Worker (Non-professionally qualified). The HSE has advised that, during 2009, some of the staff in the grade of Social Worker (Non-professionally qualified) were reclassified to other grades within the census. My Department has asked the HSE to clarify the situation in relation to the reclassified grades and reply direct to the Deputy.

  153.  Deputy Joanna Tuffy  Information on Joanna Tuffy  Zoom on Joanna Tuffy   asked the Minister for Health and Children  Information on Mary Harney  Zoom on Mary Harney   the number of public health nurses employed by the Health Service Executive at the end of 2007, 2008 and at the end of October 2009 in tabular form; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [2879/10]

Minister for Health and Children (Deputy Mary Harney): Information on Mary Harney  Zoom on Mary Harney  The number of Public Health Nurses (expressed in Whole Time Equivalent terms) employed by the HSE at the end of 2007, 2008 and at the end of October 2009 were as follows:

Grade 31/12/2007 31/12/2008 31/10/2009
Director of Public Health Nursing 28.85 29.00 27.55
Director of Public Health Nursing, Assistant 164.63 178.82 169.91
Public Health Nurse 1,502.82 1,521.09 1,544.59
Public Health Nurse, Senior (Immunisation) 3.50 1.80 1.80
Public Health Nurse, Student 147.00 125.78 84.60
Total: 1,846.80 1,856.49 1,828.45


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