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Written Answers - Health Service Staff

Tuesday, 7 February 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 754 No. 3

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 547.  Deputy Seán Kenny Information on Seán Kenny Zoom on Seán Kenny  asked the Minister for Health Information on James Reilly Zoom on James Reilly  the number of overseas recruitment drives undertaken by the Health Service Executive in 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011; the location of each recruitment drive; the number of nurses, midwives, social workers and so on recruited at each recruitment drive; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [6866/12]

Minister for Health (Deputy James Reilly): Information on James Reilly Zoom on James Reilly The HSE National Recruitment Service conducted a single overseas recruitment drive in India and Pakistan in 2011 for Non-Consultant Hospital Doctors. This initiative resulted in the recruitment of 290 doctors, of whom 236 were appointed in 2011 and 54 were appointed in 2012.

In 2008, seven Senior Speech and Language Therapists and two Senior Occupational Therapists were appointed from Australia/New Zealand, as a result of video link interviews following a recruitment drive in Australia/New Zealand in 2007.

No other overseas recruitment initiatives were conducted by the HSE in 2008, 2009, 2010 or 2011.

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