HSE Dismisses Claim of Recruitment Freeze


27th May 2008


Working with Crumlin Hospital to Provide Services and Balance Budget


The Health Service Executive (HSE) would advise that the comments made by IMPACT today, regarding Our Lady's Children's Hospital, Crumlin, need to read in the light of the current industrial action which the union is engaged in.


There is no current "recruitment freeze" in place despite the union's claims. The HSE has put in place strict controls to ensure that all future recruitment in the health services is geared towards patient services. A total of 2416 staff have been appointed since the beginning of this year and these are broken down as follows:



Health & Social Care Professionals


General Support Staff

Other Patient & Client Care



Mr Martin McDonald, National Director of Human Resources with the HSE recently stressed -


"The HSE calls on IMPACT, which represents managers and other grades, to engage in dialogue rather than continuing its current action and agree measures which can be implemented to ensure the health service delivers the best possible service to patients while living within its budget for 2008".

The HSE is fully aware of the financial challenges currently within Our Lady's Children's Hospital, Crumlin. Our National Hospitals Office has been working closely with the hospital management over the past few months to assist them with the task of providing services while managing their budget and will continue to do so.

Our Lady's Children's Hospital, Crumlin, is a voluntary hospital funded by the HSE. The Hospital's budget has increased from €98.3m in 2004 to €128.3m in 2007 and again to €136.6m for 2008. In percentage terms the budget increased by 38.9% since 2004.



Last updated on: 27 / 05 / 2008