Increase in applications for consultant posts
A rise in salaries for newly-appointed hospital consultants has seen an increase in applications for jobs which previously could not be filled due to lack of interest.
Health Minister Leo Varadkar said the posts – which have starting salaries of €127,000, but can be around €150,000 depending on experience – have attracted between two and 18 applicants per job.
However, he could not say what was the quality of the applicants.
Hospitals have around 300 jobs for consultants which are vacant and which are affecting waiting lists.
Meanwhile, Mr Varadkar said the design of the new national children’s hospital, which will be unveiled shortly, was “amazing”. “The planning application will be lodged this summer and subject to An Bord Pleanála we could have planning permission by Christmas or in the early New Year.
“That means construction commencing next year, the children’s walk-in Emergency Departments and satellite centres in Blanchardstown and Tallaght opening in 2017, and the main hospital opening in 2019.
“The design is amazing. You’re going to love it. The Starship Hospital in New Zealand and Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool don’t come close.
“It’s the biggest single health infrastructure project ever in the history of the State and
is very exciting,” he told delegates at the Irish Medical Organisation’s annual general meeting.