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Absenteeism a concern at Tallaght

The HSE’s Performance Report for June 2016 shows the overall absenteeism rate in the hospital was 4.14 per cent during the previous month.

The absenteeism rate in “other patient and client care” was 6.45 per cent, while the rate for medical/dental and nursing staff was 0.98 per cent and 4.29 per cent, respectively.

At the June meeting, Executive board member Mr John O’Connell said he would revert to the board about the matter shortly. Mr O’Connell also updated the board in respect of correspondence from the HSE about pay costs and growth in employee numbers.

“The HSE had accepted that the increase in numbers early this year was appropriate and the hospital will be meeting the HSE about the subsequent growth in numbers and highlighting the need to look at overall pay costs, including agency spend, which is low in Tallaght,” according to the minutes.

A briefing was also given on the current arrangements in relation to the general internal medicine (GIM) consultant on-call rota, which is designed to provide 24/7 general medical consultant expertise on-site and off-site, with medical NCHDs on-site operating under the governance of a named on-call medical consultant.

“It was noted that the low number of GIM consultants in Tallaght relative to other comparable hospitals meant the existing rota imposes a much greater burden on them than colleagues in other hospitals,” according to the minutes.

“In addition, the existing arrangements were suboptimal in terms of best patient care and efficiency. It was agreed that the scope for improving the existing system would be explored further.”

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