HSE gets tough and sacks two staff for 'persistent absenteeism'
TWO health workers have been sacked recently as part of a 'get tough' approach to absences without legitimate reason.
HSE director John Hennessy said that the two employees in support services lost their jobs over persistent absenteeism.
Last September, the assistant national director for finance, Liam Minihan, said 1,100 staff are out sick every day in the HSE West area, which covers 10 counties stretching from Donegal to Limerick.
On the recent sackings, Mr Hennessy said: "They were simply unable to render reliable service to the organisation that was paying them."
Mr Hennessy said that the disciplinary procedures are invoked when there isn't adequate explanation for an absence or where there is persistent abuse.
"It does move into a four-stage process: repeated warnings, letters, final warnings, but eventually it does reach the final stages and we have had two in the recent two or three months," he said.