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One in eight HSE consultant posts unfilled

OECD figures say Irish medics are among the world’s best-paid – but only because trainees are excluded, doctors say

Susan Mitchell

Deputy Editor and Health Editor

@susmitchellsbp
26th July, 2015
Consultants in short supply Credit: Getty Images

No suitable doctors have been found for one in every eight hospital consultant posts advertised by the Health Service Executive (HSE) since the start of this year. In some cases, there were no applicants at all for advertised positions.

The new figures will heighten concerns about the shortage of consultants in Ireland. Around 300 consultant posts are currently vacant in hospitals around the country.

Figures provided by the HSE show that the Public Appointments Service, which...

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