The ''be on call for Ireland'' scheme had 73,000 applicants.
Just six people were hired through the ''be on call for Ireland'' initiative in the healthcare region incorporating the midlands.
CHO 8 includes Laois, Offaly, Westmeath, Longford, Meath and Louth.
In total,185 health and social care workers were employed across the country out of 73,000 applicants.
The figures come in response to a parliamentary question asked by Sinn Fein's health spokesperson Louise O'Reilly.