Thursday October 22, 2020

HSE warned against using non-specialist doctors as consultants

The HSE said 65 non-specialist doctors had been appointed to consultant posts in recent years, but there are concerns the real figure could be higher

Susan Mitchell

Deputy Editor and Health Editor

@susmitchellsbp
20th August, 2017

Hospitals all over the country are appointing non-specialist doctors to consultant posts, as solicitors warn the practice could have serious medico-legal ramifications.

New figures show 12 psychiatrists, ten surgeons, seven anaesthetists and six obstetricians/gynaecologists are among those “who do not hold specialist division registration with the Medical Council and therefore do not meet required qualification requirements”.

The HSE said 65 non-specialist doctors had been appointed to consultant posts in recent years, but there...

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