Dáil Éireann - Volume 646 - 07 February, 2008

Written Answers. - Health Service Staff.

Deputy Kathleen Lynch asked the Minister for Health and Children if there is an embargo on recruitment of home helps in the Health Service Executive south area; the impact such a move would have on the increasing demand for home help services; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [4312/08]

  Deputy Mary Harney: Subject to overall parameters set by Government, the Health Service Executive has the responsibility for determining the composition of its staffing complement. In that regard, it is a matter for the Executive to manage and deploy its human resources to best meet the requirements of its Annual Service Plan for the delivery of health and personal social services to the public. The Executive is the appropriate body to consider the matter raised by the Deputy. My Department has requested the Parliamentary Affairs Division of the Executive to arrange to have the matter investigated and to have a reply issued directly to the Deputy.