Editorial: Contracts could help to solve health crisis
Among the many challenges for the health services is a frequent lack of staff. The recruitment embargo in place since March 2009 was necessary to get national finances back on track.
But it has hit the health services especially as depleted numbers of front-line staff have struggled to maintain some level of acceptable service.
And one of the ironic unintended consequences of the ban on hiring staff has been the reliance on expensive agency personnel to plug necessary gaps. In a curious way this has been counter-productive because such agency workers usually cost more in the short term - a reality which further angers beleaguered permanent staff.