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HSE grants just 36 job break pleas

Sam Griffin

Published 21/07/2014 | 02:30

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Only 36 applications for jobs breaks were granted by the HSE. Photo: Getty Images.
Only 36 applications for jobs breaks were granted by the HSE. Photo: Getty Images.

A HSE review of unsuccessful applications for a career break scheme, undertaken after 90pc of applications were turned down, has overturned only 3pc of the rejected applications.

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The Incentivised Career Break (ICB) scheme was part of an effort to slash some 1,500 jobs from the health service and other HSE-funded bodies.

But last year, the Irish Independent revealed that almost nine out of every 10 applications for the scheme, or 2,395 out of 2,732 received, were turned down.

The ICB scheme offered one-third of a worker's gross salary up to a maximum of €12,000 annually for three years.

The massive rejection levels prompted a review of those applications by the HSE, which was conducted earlier this year in a bid to reduce the payload of the bloated health service.

However only 36 of the reviewed applications, or 3pc, were granted following the review. Of these, 32 applicants accepted the offer of an ICB. The remaining 1,023 applications were rejected for a second time.

That means a total of 373 breaks were granted. There are currently 369 people on an ICB.

The HSE insists no target had been set by the scheme, but it was understood to be part of a plan to cut some 1,500 jobs.

Irish Independent

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