The Human Resource (HR) department of Galway University Hospital is not computerised and as a result the HSE West executive said it had not got the resources available, to answer a direct question submitted by Galway Fine Gael councillor Padraig Conneely to a recent HSE West Forum meeting.
The councillor asked how many medics and nurses were on leave in UHG and Merlin Park hospitals during the festive season last year(2017), and are scheduled to be off this Christmas (2019).
In response to Cllr Conneely, Ann Cosgrove, Chief operating Officer for Saolta University Health Care Group said to provide the answer, all rosters for the Christmas and New Year period last year would have to be manually reviewed and she said that was not feasible.
The councillor said in this modern age of computers he found it difficult to believe that someone could not press a computer key and get details of the number of staff on duty in any given day in both hospitals.
However, Ms Cosgrove said HR at the hospitals is not computerised. She said she wished it was but the reality is that it is not.
She added that the rosters for this Christmas period are still being prepared.
Councillor Conneely told Midwest News that he is astounded by this response.