SIXTY full-time and part-time staff retired or left jobs at Wexford General Hospital last year and none of them were replaced, according to director of nursing Bernard Finnegan.
he Government embargo on recruitment means that the hospital can only replace staff by bringing in people on a 40-day contract.
And the new EU Working Time Directive will stop doctors working more than 48 hours a week when they are currently on duty for anything between 50 and 60 hours, he said.
'The recruitment embargo is one of the issues that is going to dictate how services are going to develop.' he said.
Mr. Finnegan said the hospital did not have sufficient staff to replace people who went on annual leave and a ward would have to be closed during the summer.