Dáil Éireann - Volume 400 - 19 June, 1990

Written Answers. - Health Board Nursing Staff.

224. Mr. Farrelly asked the Minister for Health the number of qualified nurses who are employed on a temporary basis by the North-Eastern Health Board in that region; and if he will make a statement on the matter.

226. Mr. Farrelly asked the Minister for Health the number of qualified nurses working in a temporary capacity in the six health board areas, other than the North-Eastern Health Board and the Eastern Health Board; and if he will make a statement on the matter.

Minister for Health (Dr. O'Hanlon): I propose to take Questions Nos. 224 and 226 together. The information requested by the Deputy is outlined in the following tabular statement:

Health Board

Number of Nurses

Midland

52

Mid-Western

296

North-Western

158

South Eastern

174

Southern

262

Western

193

North-Eastern

174

These figures represent actual numbers employed rather than whole-time equivalents.

I understand that, as a result of recent competitions, a number of the nurses involved have been placed on panels established for the purposes of making permanent appointments.

225. Mr. Farrelly asked the Minister for Health the number of qualified nurses employed part-time in the Eastern Health Board area; and if he will make a statement on the matter.

[170] Minister for Health (Dr. O'Hanlon): Excluding permanent staff who have opted to avail of job-sharing opportunities, I am advised that the number of nursing staff currently employed on a part-time basis by the Eastern Health Board is approximately 207.