Call for end to hiring ban in Laois hospitals

LOCAL politicians in a town which has one of the biggest number of public servants outside Dublin want the ban on recruitment of public servants lifted especially at the town’s hospital.

LOCAL politicians in a town which has one of the biggest number of public servants outside Dublin want the ban on recruitment of public servants lifted especially at the town’s hospital.

Cllr Alan Hand has called on the Government to end the recruitment ban in the Public Sector and Health Service. He made the call at a recent meeting of Laois County Council.

“Money would be saved by not having a moratorium. Some of the work that is tendered out could be done by staff,” he said.

Cllr Hand said the Public Service also had a role in creating jobs.

“Hospitals are a prime example, we could be fill’ing beds in the likes of Shaen if the staff was there,” he said.

Cllr Catherine Fitzgerald has requested information from the HSE on staffing levels at the Midlands Regional Hospital, Portlaoise.

She told Laois County Council that she wanted to know if the HSE is satisfied with the level of frontline staff at the maternity unit in Portlaoise’s hospital. The council are to send Cllr Fitzgerald’s request to the HSE.

Meanwhile Cllr John Moran said that Laois County Council’s hands are tied behind their backs as a result of the recruitment ban.

“A man (the county manager) that handles a budget of €66 million, can’t hire staff,” he said.