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Written Answers. - Nursing Posts.

Wednesday, 12 June 1996

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 466 No. 7

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 77. Mr. Ring Information on Michael Ring Zoom on Michael Ring  asked the Minister for Health Information on Michael Noonan Zoom on Michael Noonan  the reason an application for additional nursing posts for a hospital (details supplied) in County Mayo has not been granted in view of the urgency of the situation. [12306/96]

Minister for Health (Mr. Noonan,: Information on Michael Noonan Zoom on Michael Noonan Limerick East): The Western Health Board is responsible for the management of services and deployment of staff at the hospital referred to by the Deputy. Any proposed increase in staffing levels must be considered in the context of the level of resources available and the Western Health Board's priorities for the development of services. Funds were allocated in 1995 for the recruitment of four non-nursing staff at the hospital concerned. In addition, the board approved two nursing posts, to be filled by internal redeployment. In 1996, the Western Health Board has received funding for a number of new posts in long-stay homes for the elderly and expects to make a decision shortly as to where these posts will be located.

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