“All hands-on deck” for HSE staff as recruitment drive continues

The combat Covid-19, the HSE is looking to “hire everybody we can possibly find to work in the health service”, according to Minister Harris.

Recruitment websites Irishjobs.ie and Jobs.ie have committed their support for the HSE’s urgent recruitment drive, as the Irish government continues to tackle the Covid-19 pandemic.

The HSE is looking to recruit as many healthcare professionals as it possibly can, including doctors, nurses and administrative staff, in the weeks ahead. The full scale of this recruitment drive was outlined by Minister for Health, Simon Harris TD last week.

“All hands-on deck”

The most recent figures show that the total number of cases in the Republic of Ireland currently stands at 906, while four people in the country have lost their lives after contracting the virus.

According to the Minister, the current national emergency requires “all hands-on deck. We want to hire everybody we can possibly find to work in the health service,” he added.

“Covid-19 presents the greatest challenge of our generation”

In support of the recruitment drive, Irishjobs.ie and Jobs.ie will facilitate the HSE with advertising these new roles free of charge across the two platforms. This includes actively promoting the jobs to 60,000 registered healthcare professionals in Ireland and abroad. IrishJobs.ie and Jobs.ie has a combined database of three million professionals.

Over the last week, a number of Irish doctors and nurses have returned home from living abroad to take up roles in the HSE and support frontline healthcare workers who are under exhausting pressure.

Orla Moran, general manager at IrishJobs.ie said; “Covid-19 presents the greatest challenge of our generation. My colleagues and I have all looked on in admiration at the dedication and professionalism of our healthcare professionals in recent weeks. To quote An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, ‘never will so many ask for so much of so few’.

“We are currently experiencing the calm before the surge and the pressures on our healthcare infrastructure is only going to grow exponentially in the weeks ahead.

“In a national emergency, we all have a responsibility to look at how we can help, no matter how big or small that gesture might be.

“To this end, Irishjobs.ie and jobs.ie has committed to helping the HSE advertise and fill these roles free of charge. We appreciate this is a very small gesture and we will continue to review other ways in which we can help support the HSE at this time of national emergency,” she concluded.

Away from healthcare, Minister Harris has also warned that if social distancing is not taken more seriously, tougher movement restrictions will be introduced.

The threat comes as thousands of people continued to flock to the country’s most popular beaches and national parks over the weekend, despite repeated calls for the public to observe strict Covid-19 social distancing advice.

By Stephen Larkin

Published: 23 March, 2020