Dáil Éireann - Volume 584 - 27 April, 2004
Written Answers. - Health Board Staff.
Dr. Cowley Dr. Cowley
503. Dr. Cowley asked the Minister for Health and Children the reason a person (details supplied) in County Mayo is unable to get employment with the health board. [11262/04]
Mr. Martin Mr. Martin
Mr. Martin: The chief executive officer of the Western Health Board has responsibility for the management of the workforce, including the appropriate staffing  mix and the precise grades of staff employed within the board, in line with service plan priorities and subject to overall employment levels remaining within the authorised ceiling. Hence, the recruitment of health service staff in 2004 will take place in the context of the implementation of the health board’s service plan.
The Deputy may also wish to note that a revised system to assess chiropodists for eligibility to practise in the public health service has been established. This conforms strictly to legal obligations. The assessment system comprises a criteria committee to advise on the criteria to apply to chiropodists wishing to practise in the public health service and an assessment committee to assess individual chiropodists for eligibility to practise in the public health service based on input and recommendations from the criteria committee. The first assessment organised by this system commenced in March 2003. Arrangements are currently being put in place for the next assessment process, in respect of which all chiropodists will be eligible to apply.
Dáil Éireann 584 Written Answers. Health Board Staff.