Staff exodus won't hit services, insists HSE
THE HSE has insisted it will ensure an exodus of almost 4,000 staff will not hit frontline services in the New Year.
A total of 3,775 staff have applied for voluntary redundancy and early retirement schemes worth €400m.
Those who are accepted must be gone by the end of December.
Of the applicants, 2,380 are from management and administrative ranks -- the main targets of the schemes. They aim to cut around €200m a year from the payroll bill.
National Director of Human Resources Sean McGrath admitted "accelerated programmes" of this kind carried "a degree of risk" but the HSE was working to mitigate this. He said staff would be redeployed to "cover potential gaps".