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Tuesday 17 September 2019

Agency staff paid €2.3m so far in '19

Sinn Féin General Election candidate Councillor Chris MacManus has claimed temporary agency staff spending by the HSE is out of control.

Figures for 2019 show Sligo University Hospital spent €2.3 Million in the first five months of the year.

Cllr. MacManus said: "the continued failure to address the recruitment and retention crisis, is at the heart of this continued shambolic waste of the public's money."

Councillor MacManus said: "Figures released to Sinn Féin have shown how rampant spending on temporary agency staff instead of directly employed HSE staff is financially crippling the health service.

"The data from the HSE revealed that the health service has spent over €135 million on agency staff in the first five months of the year.

"That is a spending of €900,000 a day on agency staff in hospitals and community healthcare organisations.

"The reliance on agency staff in our local hospital is enormous and very worrying.

"Since Fine Gael came to government in 2011 the health service has spent over €2.1 billion on temporary agency staff.

"They constantly claim that taxpayers' money is safe in their hands, yet Sinn Féin continuously pointed out that huge sums of money can be saved if Minister Harris only addresses the recruitment and retention crisis and recruits and retains directly employed HSE staff which are significantly less expensive than agency staff.

"The over-reliance on the use of costly agency staff is a direct result of the escalation of the recruitment and retention crisis under this government," said Cllr MacManus.

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