Monday 25 September 2017

We've paid high price for cutting medics' pay

AS Oscar Wilde might have said, for a country to lose one dean of medicine may be regarded as a misfortune, but losing two looks like carelessness. With heads of both TCD and UCD medical schools leaving their positions in six months, the Government needs to be sure that the latter is not the case.

It is certainly the case that Prof Dermot Kelleher, former head of medicine at Trinity, said his decision to leave was based on a unique opportunity to take up a post as principal of the Faculty of Medicine in the prestigious Imperial College, London.

After a career spanning about 30 years, Prof Bill Powderly said a decision to return to Washington University, St Louis, where he previously spent 22 years, and where he will head up a division on global health, was a complex one that was not taken overnight.

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