Hospitals fail to hire doctors on short-term contracts

Efforts to hire doctors on short-term contracts, in a bid to reduce the HSE’s massive agency costs, have failed.

Susan Mitchell

Deputy Editor and Health Editor @susmitchellsbp
25th January, 2015
Hospitals fail to hire doctors on short-term contracts

Hospitals confirmed they were continuing to use agency staff and locums, or temporary doctors, as they have been unable to get doctors to accept short-term contracts that pay less.

The news will come as a blow to Minister for Health Leo Varadkar, who was a keen proponent of the plan.

The dependence on agency staff has contributed to the overrun in health spending and the failure to reach savings targets under the Haddington Road Agreement.

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