Donnelly announces plans to double number of public health staff in Ireland

Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly has confirmed plans to double the number of public health staff in Ireland.

Prior to the Covid-19 pandemic, there were 254 people working full-time across Ireland’s public health workforce.

Speaking at this morning’s Covid-19 Oireachtas Committee, Donnelly confirmed this number will be doubled.

In the next two weeks, the HSE will begin a recruitment campaign for 255 staff, including public health doctors, public health nurses, scientists and support staff, the Minister told the committee.

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