Hospitals face crisis over shortfall of 150 doctors
The Medical Council is to meet this afternoon to approve draft new rules on the registration of non European junior doctors, in an attempt to alleviate the current shortage of hospital doctors.
Legislation was rushed through last week to ease the current shortfall of over 150 doctors countrywide. The new rules allow for non European doctors to be temporarily appointed for a maximum of two years subject to a new assessment exam.
Around 200 doctors from India and Pakistan are due to arrive here soon. However, they will have to undergo a registration process that could take weeks or even months before they are cleared to practice.
Hospitals around the country are facing a staffing crisis because of the shortage. However, the HSE has said that contingency measures have been put in place.