12 Apr 2011

Ministry policy advisors await job fate

12:15 pm on 12 April 2011

Twenty-three policy advisers at the Ministry of Health are waiting to hear whether they have jobs following a round of restructuring at the department.

Four policy personnel also face redundancy as a result of the revamp.

A review last year of policy work at the ministry led to a decision to cut 101 policy jobs and replace them with 90 other positions.

The ministry said the re-structure was needed to streamline and improve policy advice, but the Public Service Association said it was a cruel move to target senior staff who were no longer required.

In the first details since the restructuring, which took effect in February, the ministry says two-thirds of all policy personnel - including most of the 35 senior staff - are now confirmed in new positions.

Twenty-three others are waiting to find out what will happen to them. Four either are or will be redundant.