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A breakdown of primary care staff shows that in February, 2,887 management/administrative staff were employed, compared to 955 medical/dental staff.
Some 2,842 nursing staff and 2,497 health and social care professionals are working in primary care, while 440 general support staff and 938 patient and client care staff are in place.
In total, there are 10,559 staff working in primary care services, shows data provided by the HSE.
Meanwhile, a HSE spokesperson said that, to date, 63.8 speech and language therapy posts have commenced following the provision of €4 million in the HSE Service Plan 2016 for 83 posts.
“As at the end of February 2017, 72 names are confirmed against the 83 posts; 63.8 of these have commenced employment,” the spokesperson said.
But progress in recruiting for other primary care posts has been slow. Some 36 posts in primary care for chronic disease management were provided in the HSE Service Plan 2016 but recruitment of the posts is still “ongoing”, the spokesperson said.
Nine podiatrists, nine clinical nurse specialists and 18 dieticians were to be hired under HSE plans to boost chronic disease management services.