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No carrot for consultants

Patients face delays because of a shortage of specialist doctors – but vague contracts and bureaucratic infighting are hindering recruitment

Susan Mitchell

Deputy Editor and Health Editor

28th June, 2015
Some vacancies for consultant posts attracted no applications Picture: Getty

The chief operating officer of the Saolta Hospital group in the west of Ireland went on local radio last week to explain why the hospital was having to cancel patient appointments.

“We explored all possible options . . . and we just weren’t successful. Nobody was interested in taking those posts up,” he said.

“Nobody?” asked the interviewer on Galway Bay FM.

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