8,600 show interest in HSE redundancy
MORE than 8,600 workers have made inquiries about a major redundancy and early retirement scheme in the health service.
Health Minister Mary Harney told the Dail that 5,200 managers had shown an interest in the schemes, as well as 3,250 support staff yesterday, and the figure rose even further later in the day.
The HSE wants 5,000 staff in management, administrative and support grades to go before the end of the year as the Government tries to slash its €19bn payroll costs.
The departures will be part of a government plan to let 20,000 public servants go by 2014. It is expected to set this target figure when it unveils its four-year-plan to slash the deficit to 3pc of GDP within the next fortnight.
Applications for the early retirement and redundancy schemes must be in before this day next week.
And staff who are approved must decide whether to accept or reject an offer by the end of this month.