Hospital consultant posts lie empty as few candidates apply

Eight posts that were advertised did not get a single applicant. Those posts were in various specialities including radiology, emergency medicine, cardiology, dermatology, obstetrics and ophthalmology

Susan Mitchell

Deputy Editor and Health Editor @susmitchellsbp
12th November, 2017

The HSE was unable to fill at least one in four medical consultant posts advertised last year, due to a lack of interest in the posts from senior medics.

Stark figures provided by the Public Appointments Service (PAS), which runs recruitment campaigns on behalf of the HSE, show it was “unable to identify a suitable candidate” for 22 of the 84 posts that were advertised in 2016.

Eight posts that were advertised did not get a...

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