Hospitals struggle to fill consultant posts

Hospitals are struggling to get applicants for some consultant posts since the Minister for Health announced a unilateral salary cut of 30 per cent for new consultants.

Susan Mitchell

Deputy Editor and Health Editor @susmitchellsbp
24th February, 2013

Hospitals are struggling to get even one applicant for some consultant posts since the Minister for Health, James Reilly, announced a unilateral salary cut of 30 per cent for new consultants.

The Irish Hospital Consultants Association (IHCA) warned that the situation would further deteriorate because doctors in training are leaving in greater numbers due to frustration over their working hours, while specialists abroad are less attracted to posts here.

"The crisis in Irish medicine should be...

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