HSE to reduce staff numbers by 600

The Health Service Executive has confirmed that it expects to reduce staff numbers by 600. However it claims that the reductions will be achieved through natural wastage and the non filling of vacancies, and will apply to administration and backroom functions rather than health care professionals. The re-evaluation of staff numbers come after the amalgamation of 11 health boards into one unified national agency.A spokesperson for the HSE said that the reductions will not affect front line services to patients, and will not apply to new posts being created by the HSE in 2005 under the A&E and the intellectual disability development plans. According to the executive, the reduction in posts will focus on areas which arise for the co-ordination of services, and where the economies of scale of the new national structure allow for such reductions.