Wednesday 26 July 2017

Vacancies for 171 specialist doctors

Figures supplied to the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Health and Children by Health Minister Leo Varadkar show the number of vacancies fell by just seven since December
Figures supplied to the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Health and Children by Health Minister Leo Varadkar show the number of vacancies fell by just seven since December
Eilish O'Regan

Eilish O'Regan

Hospitals still have vacancies for around 171 senior specialists - although most of the jobs are filled by locum temporary doctors.

Figures supplied to the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Health and Children by Health Minister Leo Varadkar show the number of vacancies fell by just seven since December.

However, he said that in the interim 48 new posts had been created.

It means that for every vacant post that is being advertised, another new job for a hospital consultant is being created.

There are 502 vacant posts for nurses in HSE-run hospitals. Many other nursing jobs are unfilled in voluntary hospitals.

The HSE is to offer all 1,500 nurses graduating this year a full-time job. It is also planned to expand the overseas recruitment drive to persuade Irish nurses to return home from the UK and beyond.

The HSE is also to try to woo Irish nurses home from countries like Australia, where many emigrated.

Irish Independent

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