Press Release

Number of staff employed by Department of Health & Children

In the context of recent public comment on staff numbers in the Department of Health and Children, the following is the position:

There are a total of 470 staff (all figures are in “whole time equivalent” terms) employed in the Department of Health and Children. This includes just over 32 staff transferred into the Department in recent years from the Departments of Justice Equality & Law Reform, Community Rural & Gaeltacht Affairs and Education & Science who manage operational childcare and youth support schemes. The figure excludes 53 staff that are employed in the Adoption Board, the Office of the Ombudsman for Children, the Disability Appeals Office and Health Repayment Scheme Appeals Office.

In 2003 the Department had an authorised staffing level of 700 staff however this number has been reduced in recent years.