Mr. John D. Taylor
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland when each of the four area health boards last advertised job vacancies in(a) southern Irish newspapers and (b) Scottish newspapers; and if he will make a statement on their advertising policies.
§ Sir John Wheeler
All four area health boards advertised in some southern Irish newspapers in March 1994. None of the boards uses Scottish newspapers for recruitment purposes.
Health and personal social services employing authorities apply standard selection and appointments procedures which were developed by the management executive of the Department of Health and Social Services. These procedures place responsibility for advertising job vacancies on individual employing authorities.
Decisions on how best to bring a vacancy to the notice of prospective applicants are based on personal judgment.