The impact of austerity on the health workforce and the achievement of human resources for health policies in Ireland (2008–2014

Authors: Williams, D; & Thomas, S.

Source: 2017, 15 (1) Human Resources for Health

The global economic crisis saw recessionary conditions in most EU countries. Ireland’s severe recession produced pro-cyclical health spending cuts. Yet, human resources for health (HRH) are the most critical of inputs into a health system and an important economic driver. The aim of this article is to evaluate how the Irish health system coped with austerity in relation to HRH and whether austerity allowed and/or facilitated the implementation of HRH policy.

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