Trimming the fat in a hurry

The HSE’s voluntary redundancy and early retirement package will provide much needed staff cuts, but concerns have been raised over the tight timetable

Susan Mitchell

Deputy Editor and Health Editor @susmitchellsbp
6th November, 2010

The voluntary redundancy and early retirement package announced last week by health minister Mary Harney was broadly welcomed.

The government said that it would save around €200 million a year by reducing administrative and managerial staff numbers in the health sector by 5,000.

Some 26 per cent - more than 29,000 employees - of all Health Service Executive (HSE) employees are administrative, managerial or support staff. Over the years, there have been repeated calls for the...

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