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Saturday 7 December 2019

Indian candidates lured with €2.5m in incentives

Fiona Ellis

THE HSE is offering almost €2.5m in financial perks to Pakistani and Indian doctors to entice them to take up junior doctor posts in Ireland.

An investigation has revealed that 264 doctors in India and Pakistan have been offered junior doctor positions in Ireland, with each position coming with substantial perks to encourage them to accept the offer. Each junior doctor is being offered financial incentives of up to €9,000 over two years, according to the 'Medical Independent'.

If all the candidates accept the posts, the total bill will amount to more than €2.46m in addition to the normal salary costs.

As of July 26, 196 Non-Consultant Hospital Doctors (NCHD) posts remained vacant around the country.

The new recruits are being offered a two-year position within the HSE. Many of the candidates are being recruited to first-year Senior House Officer (SHO) positions in emergency departments, where on-call rosters are no longer in operation.The basic annual salary for a first-year SHO is in the region of €39,000, rising to €46,000 for fourth-year SHOs.

Irish Independent

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