Health workforce planning and service expansion during an economic crisis: A case study of the national breast screening programme in Ireland.

Authors: McHugh SM, Tyrrell E, Johnson B, Healy O, Perry IJ, Normand C.

Source: Health Policy. 2015 Sep 4. pii: S0168-8510(15)00218-3. doi: 10.1016/j.healthpol.2015.08.014. [Epub ahead of print]

This article aims to estimate the workforce and resource implications of the proposed age extension of the national breast screening programme, under the economic constraints of reduced health budgets and staffing levels in the Irish health system.

Investing in the appropriate skill mix should not be limited to clinical groups but should also include administrative staff to manage and support the service. Workload modelling may contribute to improved health workforce planning and service efficiency.

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