Key public health posts remain vacant

Frustrated doctors snub HSE jobs as talks over the long-promised consultant contract stall

21st February, 2021
Key public health posts remain vacant
Colm Henry, HSE chief clinical officer during a weekly HSE operational update. Picture: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The HSE is struggling to recruit much-needed public health doctors as negotiations over a long promised consultant contract have stalled.

Just one Specialist in Public Health Medicine (SPHM) position has been filled following only nine applications since recruitment began in October. Public health doctors claim the delay in delivering consultant status to Irish SPHMs, as is the case in other countries, is hampering efforts to recruit staff.

SPHMs are highly trained doctors who work on...

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