Tuesday 28 February 2017

Minister must wake up to crisis in recruiting emergency medics

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Wicklow Fine Gael TD Simon Harris, the newly appointed Health Minister. Photo: Tom Burke
Wicklow Fine Gael TD Simon Harris, the newly appointed Health Minister. Photo: Tom Burke

On behalf of Irish expatriate emergency medicine consultants in Australia, I would like to draw to the attention of Health Minister Simon Harris the ongoing crisis in the recruitment of senior doctors to emergency departments in Ireland.

In the last 12 months, the state of Victoria in Australia, with a population of 5.5 million people, has appointed six Irish university-trained consultants in emergency medicine.

This situation exists in parallel with multiple unfilled emergency medicine consultant posts in Ireland. Recent research has shown that 92 trainee emergency medicine doctors currently working in Australia originate from Ireland.

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