There are over 200 job vacancies at Mayo University Hospital at present and more than 100 of these posts are for nurses and midwifes.
These figures were confirmed by HSE Management to Castlebar councillor Michael Kilcoyne at yesterday’s virtual HSE West Forum meeting.
Ann Cosgrove of the Saolta University Health Care Group insisted however, that rolling advertising campaigns for staff nurse and midwives are underway. There are currently 16 advertising campaigns running for staff at Mayo University Hospital with more to follow and they are looking for staff both nationally and internationally.
Cllr Kilcoyne asked how many staff have been secured following last year’s call by the then Minister for Health Simon Harris, to come back to Ireland and work for our health services during the pandemic.
The independent councillor says more than 50,000 overseas health professionals applied for work in our health services and the reality is 18 months later about 1,000 of these people are employed here.
He accused the HSE of lacking clear vision and of not knowing what it needs.
Councillor Kilcoyne spoke to Midwest News Editor Teresa O’Malley about the response he got from HSE management to his specific questions on the staffing problems at the Castlebar hospital..