Wednesday 17 January 2018

Hospitals face junior doctor shortages from July reporters

Hospital emergency departments will struggle to fill junior doctor posts from next month.

According to the Minister for Health James Reilly, hospitals may have to curtail services due to a chronic shortage of non-consultant medics after July 11.

That’s the date when doctors are rotated between posts as part of their training.

The shortages are occurring despite a record number of doctors qualifying in Ireland.

Speaking on RTÉ's Frontline programme last night, the Minister said efforts are being made to address the problem.

But he admitted that smaller hospitals will struggle.

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