Dáil Éireann - Volume 452 - 04 May, 1995

Written Answers. - Health Board Staffing.

39. Mrs. T. Ahearn asked the Minister for Health the proposals, if any, he has for the promotion of women in health boards; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [8127/95]

Minister for Health (Mr. Noonan, Limerick East): The issue of promotion of staff in the health boards and other health agencies is a matter for the management of each agency. I am, however, anxious that each health agency observe equality principles so as to ensure that all staff, irrespective of gender, have an equal opportunity to develop their potential and to advancement on the basis of merit. Health boards and voluntary hospitals are currently reviewing their respective policies in relation to equality of opportunity. The recently published report “Barriers to Women's Promotion in the Midland and MidWestern Health Boards” will provide an informed and valuable input to this review process. Based on the outcome of these reviews, my Department will [867] consider later in the current year the need to develop a policy for the health service generally. The aim of the employing agencies and of the Department is to incorporate best employment practices in a comprehensive equal opportunities policy and action plan for the health service.