Internal restructuring
Location of affected unit(s)
Health / Social Work
Human Health Services And Activities
Human Health Activities
86 - Human health activities

300 - 1,000 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
21 April 2009
Employment effect (start)
Foreseen end date


Ireland's Health Service Executive (HSE) is proposing to cut nearly 1,000 staff and redeploy 2,000 employees as part of a cost reduction exercise. It is reported that there is to be a ban on recruitment, promotions and filling vacancies. The proposals are outlined in a confidential circular issued to HSE managers and reported by RTÉ News. It is reported that the number of staff in the area of administration and management will be cut by 500, and 2,000 staff in the National Hospitals Office and HSE corporate will be redeployed to community health services.

The measures are being proposed by the HSE to stay within budget and to implement the Government's moratorium on recruitment and promotions in the public service. The circular says that while there is no exemption for the health service from the moratorium, the aim is to maintain front line services where possible and to minimise the impact on patients.



Eurofound (2009), Health Service Executive, Internal restructuring in Ireland, factsheet number 70473, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/70473.