HSE recruitment freeze impacting those already offered jobs

30 April 2019

Labour Party Health spokesperson Alan Kelly TD, has said the HSE recruitment freeze is having a detrimental impact on people who have recently been offered jobs in the HSE.

Deputy Kelly said:

“Earlier this month, I was made aware that the HSE had blocked certain positions being recruited due to budget constraints.

“In this circular, it stated that recruitment processes that had already commenced could not proceed to offer stage. In the last week, I have been contacted by numerous people who were due to start jobs in hospitals and now they will not be given a start date because of the recruitment freeze.

“It is unacceptable that healthcare professionals who have been offered jobs, who may have handed in their notice elsewhere because they were due to start a new job in the HSE that their start date now hangs in the balance.

“People cannot put their lives on hold because of the complete mismanagement of this recruitment embargo. People have mortgages or rent to pay and other living expenses. To be told one week that you have a job offer in the HSE and will be provided with a start date and then told the following week that your start date has been suspended because of the embargo is unacceptable.

“For HSE HR go tell job applicants that it is business as usual despite the recruitment freeze and then go back on their word is pretty shameful.

“The HSE needs to be upfront with those whose offer dates are now in limbo and tell tell when exactly they will be starting their jobs, if at all.”

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