Tuesday June 2, 2020

Is your consultant really a specialist?

Patients can no longer assume that consultants have completed specialist training, as the HSE quietly hires doctors to fill top consultant posts at a range of hospitals

Susan Mitchell

Deputy Editor and Health Editor

20th August, 2017

Imagine lying on an operating table awaiting a major operation when the anesthetist arrives to knock you out.

He is called a consultant, so you presume you are in the hands of a highly qualified specialist. How would you feel if you found out he was not a specialist after all?

And how would you feel if the consultant surgeon who was operating on you was not a specialist either?

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