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    HSE West health cuts will involve reductions in the working hours of 4,000 temporary staff; moves to eliminate absenteeism and the re-deployment of head office staff to other regions.

    Details of the cuts and how the HSE plans to avoid a 49m end-of-year budget overrun were outlined at a meeting of the Western Regional Health Forum in Galway this afternoon.

    Under the plan, the working hours of the temporary staff would be cut by 7,000 hours per week, the replacement of student nurses would be curtailed and overtime payments and travel allowances would be significantly reduced.
    RT News: HSE West seeks to cut working hours, overtime

    There is no way Noel Grealish can support the Government now

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    Quote Originally Posted by mmrebel View Post
    RT News: HSE West seeks to cut working hours, overtime

    There is no way Noel Grealish can support the Government now
    Is this the beginning of the end.

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    Beginning of a slashfest...the realpolitik of an empty purse. A lot more headlines like this on the way. It'd be nice to see somebody sacked for running the budget so badly.

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    I'll follow the trade union's response with interest.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Socratus O' Pericles View Post
    I'll follow the trade union's response with interest.

    What about patients and recipients of services?
    Why is it aways the trade unions interests that come first?

    2.1 billion (according to the report)-with a population of something like 500,000 would suggest about 4,000 per inhabitant of the region.
    Quite a lot of money.
    I have little doubt that someone from outside (e.g. IMF)would have little problem providing services with that amont of spend.

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    Quote Originally Posted by birthday View Post
    What about patients and recipients of services?
    Why is it aways the trade unions interests that come first?

    €2.1 billion (according to the report)-with a population of something like 500,000 would suggest about €4,000 per inhabitant of the region.
    Quite a lot of money.
    I have little doubt that someone from outside (e.g. IMF)would have little problem providing services with that amont of spend.
    There is over a million in the HSE West...
    Total 1,044,357
    Clare 110,950
    Limerick 184,055
    Tipp South 66,023
    Galway 231,670
    Mayo 123,839
    Sligo 60,894
    Donegal 147,264
    Roscommon 58,768
    Leitrim 60,894
    http://www.cso.ie/statistics/popofeachprovcountycity2006.htm

    http://www.citizensinformation.ie/categories/health/how-health-is-organised/health_boards

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    OK so that is still €2,000 per inhabitant of the region, a not inconsiderable sum.
    How does this compare to other regions or countries? Obviously things like age and other demographics would need to be considered.

    I also wonder was the day off for the Galway races included in the new plan?

    As always, the temporary workers (often the most efficient) get it in the neck-just like the 1980's. The unions, as ever, look after their permanent friends!

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    As a % of GDP we lie about 56th in the world.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nakatomi View Post
    As a % of GDP we lie about 56th in the world.
    Where do we lie in terms of indebtedness?

    Or does money just grow on bushes?

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    Explicit or implicit?

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