HSE should look closer to home
Published 19/02/2011 | 05:00
I was appalled and dismayed to read that the HSE is to start a recruitment drive to fill vacancies for non-consultant hospital doctors from India or Pakistan.
Irish students have to prove they are the next Einstein in order to get a place on a medicine course in an Irish university, while those same universities save the vast bulk of their places on courses for more lucrative, fee-paying students from abroad -- pushing the points for medicine to ridiculous levels.
This is not a rant against foreigners. Young, intelligent, potential doctors are leaving our shores in their thousands and the HSE continues to engage in major recruitment drives in far-flung places to get qualified staff.