Monday, January 28, 2008

HSE Hiring Freeze

This morning as I listened to the news headlines I was pissed off to hear the latest service scam being run by the Irish Health Service Executive. Last September the HSE announced that they had exceeded their budget by €245 million and so were introducing a recruitment freeze. Then, just before Christmas they relaxed the freeze but on the 8th of January they announced that any posts that had been vacant during the freeze and had not been filled by the end of December were being abolished. Brilliantly simple.

The managers cant do their jobs and control their budgets so they freeze recruitment of front line staff. Then after the freeze ends they use the fact that they didn't hire anyone to do a job during that 3 months as proof that no one is needed to do that job and therefore they can abolish the posts, probably earning themselves a bonus for not being able to do their jobs in the first place. The more I think about it the more I admire the sheer dilbert quality of this. Has anyone contacted Scott Adams because this would make a great cartoon, if people weren't dying as a result.

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