Dáil Éireann - Volume 653 - 29 April, 2008

Written Answers. - Health Service Staff.

Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Health and Children her plans or proposals to ensure the appointment of sufficient nurses to meet requirements throughout the health services over the next five to 10 years; the way it is proposed to meet such targets; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [16676/08]

  Deputy Mary Harney: The Deputy’s question relates to the management and delivery of health and personal social services, which are the responsibility of the Health Service Executive under the Health Act, 2004. It is a matter for the Executive to manage and deploy its human resources to best meet the requirements of its Annual Service Plan for the delivery of health and personal social services to the public. The Executive is the appropriate body to consider the matter raised by the Deputy. My Department has requested [408] the Parliamentary Affairs Division of the Executive to arrange to have the matter investigated and to have a reply issued directly to the Deputy.

Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Health and Children the number of nurses currently employed in the delivery of health services; the number who are permanent, temporary or agency nurses; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [16677/08]

  Deputy Mary Harney: The Deputy’s question relates to the management and delivery of health and personal social services, which are the responsibility of the Health Service Executive under the Health Act, 2004. It is a matter for the Executive to manage and deploy its human resources to best meet the requirements of its Annual Service Plan for the delivery of health and personal social services to the public. The Executive is the appropriate body to consider the matter raised by the Deputy. My Department has requested the Parliamentary Affairs Division of the Executive to arrange to have the matter investigated and to have a reply issued directly to the Deputy.