HSE defends plan to cut jobs and redeploy staff

The HSE has defended its latest cost-cutting plans in the face of strong opposition from health unions.

The unions claim the plan to cut staff numbers and redeploy thousands of workers will dismantle the public health service and will impact heavily on standards of care.

The Irish Nurses Organisation claims 6,000 nursing posts could be lost when the new measures are combined with the ban on public-sector recruitment.

The HSE, however, denies that patient care will be affected and says it is simply trying to maximise the allocation of resources within its budget.


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