One in 20 HSE West staff call in sick every day
More than 1,000 HSE staff call in sick every day in the HSE West region, costing taxpayers €5m a month, or €60m a year.
The figures were confirmed by the HSE's assistant national director for finance, Liam Minihan, who said that 1,100 staff -- or one in every 20 employees -- call in sick each day in a swathe of the country that stretches from Donegal to Limerick.
The revelation prompted HSE West chairman Padraig Conneely (FG) to remark: "I thought the sick people were in the hospitals, in the beds, but obviously, they are not. It is the people outside the hospitals, the workers, who are very sick."
"I think these people would get the door very quickly in the private sector."
HSE West regional director John Hennessy admitted that the absenteeism rate "is too high" and said that a "comprehensive programme of absenteeism management" was under way.