The failure to recruit and retain hospital consultants is affecting patients through the cancellation of surgeries, growing waiting lists and longer waiting times, the Irish Hospital Consultants Association (IHCA) has warned.
IHCA president Denis Evoy said consultants were emigrating overseas and resigning from positions in public hospitals. He said Ireland was no longer able to recruit and retain high-calibre doctors and consultants in the numbers that we need.
''Our acute hospitals are becoming alarmingly over-stretched...
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