HSE clarifies staffing levels

The HSE has today clarified that the majority of new staff membership employed over the past seven years have been in frontline service posts.  Figures compiled by the Health Service Personnel Census show that from December 2000 to December 2007, over 30,000 new staff were employed.  Over 80% of these new staff were employed in frontline posts, with the administrative posts designed to support the medical/nursing and therapeutic services directly.

The increases are as follows:

Medical/Dental                                                                          7.34% increase
Nursing                                                                                    31.27% increase
Health and Social Care Professionals
(including therapy grades ie physiotherapists
speech and language therapists, occupational
therapists)                                                                                25.74% increase
Management/Administration/                                                  18.06% increase
Patient, Client Care and General Support Staff                   17.59% increase                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

                                                                                                                                            

These figures are outlined below:

Grade Category End 2000 % of Total End 2007 % of total Increase 2000-2007 % of increase
Medical/Dental 5,698 7.12% 8,005 7.18% 2,307 7.34%
Nursing 29,177 36.44% 39,006 34.98% 9,829 31.27%
Health and Social Care Professionals 7,613 9.51% 15,705 14.08% 8,092 25.74%
Management / Administration 12,366 15.44% 18,043 16.18% 5,677 18.06%
General Support Staff / Other Patient and Client Care 25,216 31.49% 30,746 27.57% 5,530 17.59%
Total 80,070   111,505   31,435  

It should be further noted that the increase in frontline staff inevitably leads to an increase in support staff as consultants, for example, will require administrative support to manage their clinics and patient lists, and any increase in employee numbers will increase the demands on payroll and general administrative requirements.

Last updated on: 14 / 10 / 2008