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Return to Irish health service after working overseas a culture shock

One fifth of consultant posts remain vacant, leaving hospital doctors under severe pressure and putting patient safety at risk

27th January, 2019

As a doctor returning to Ireland, having worked overseas in centres of excellence, I find the deficits in care here glaringly apparent.

We have half the number of consultants of most countries in the OECD. Services are becoming increasingly strained. People suffer on waiting lists and some will end up with worse outcomes because of the delays they experience in accessing care.

The National Patient Survey showed us that once patients access inpatient care in...

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