Press Release

Martin announces jobs study for health professionals

The Minister for Health and Children, Micheál Martin TD, today announced that he had approved the terms of reference for an important workforce study on physiotherapists, occupational therapists and speech and language therapists.

The study will examine the current and future demand and supply of these grades in the public and private sector and will identify the extent of future needs over the coming years.

“I am conscious that health service employers and those in other sectors are experiencing difficulties in both recruiting and retaining many practitioners, including these important professionals. My aim will be to have a study that quickly identifies the exact level of demand in this area and how best we can address the current shortages in a targeted manner”, said the Minister.

The Minister said that the study would be carried out over the coming months and would form a vital input into addressing the current recruitment problems.

“I also propose initiating a study of requirements in relation to other allied health professionals. This will be done through the Health Services Skills Group to be established by the social partners under the recently ratified Programme for Prosperity and Fairness” added the Minister.

The Minister was speaking at a Consultative Conference organised by his Department where proposals in relation to the statutory registration of a range of health professionals were discussed with the relevant professional bodies.