Written Answers - Health Service Staff

Wednesday, 14 September 2011

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 740 No. 1

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  977.  Deputy Heather Humphreys  Information on Heather Humphreys  Zoom on Heather Humphreys   asked the Minister for Health  Information on Dr James Reilly  Zoom on Dr James Reilly   his plans to introduce a new voluntary redundancy scheme for Health Service Executive staff; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [23888/11]

  986.  Deputy Olivia Mitchell  Information on Olivia Mitchell  Zoom on Olivia Mitchell   asked the Minister for Health  Information on Dr James Reilly  Zoom on Dr James Reilly   his plans to introduce a further voluntary redundancy scheme for Health Service Executive staff; when the terms of the scheme are likely to be made available to staff; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [23975/11]

Minister for Health (Deputy James Reilly): Information on Dr James Reilly  Zoom on Dr James Reilly  I propose to take Questions Nos. 977 and 986 together.

The Government is committed in line with the Programme for Government to reducing numbers in the Civil/Public Service in the period to 2015, while protecting front-line services as far as possible. A comprehensive review of expenditure is underway to examine all areas where savings and numbers reductions might be identified. The results of this review are expected in the Autumn when the Government will consider its recommendations. There are, however, no plans at this time to introduce a voluntary redundancy/early retirement scheme in the Civil/Public Service.


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