Doctor recruitment crisis must be addressed: O'Reilly
Sinn Féin Health spokesperson and local TD, Deputy Louise O'Reilly has said the government's failure to tackle the recruitment and retention crisis has meant that in some instances, under-qualified doctors are being appointed to posts in a wholly inappropriate manner.
Deputy O'Reilly said: 'There is a serious recruitment and retention crisis facing doctors across the state.
'This crisis has meant that the health service has not been able to attract and retain enough highly educated and trained doctors and to sometimes to fill these gaps under-qualified doctors have been appointed to roles in the health service, which is wholly inappropriate.
'Recent High Court proceedings where Mr Justice Peter Kelly stated that defective procedures for recruiting doctors represented a danger to patients laid bare the implications of the government's failure to address the doctor recruitment and retention crisis and the failures of the HSE in recruitment practices.
'For years doctors and their unions have been raising these issues and highlighting the implications for the health service of recruitment and retention crisis.'
The Sinn Féin TD said: 'Doctors have been flagging the issue of recruitment and retention for years now but it has fallen on deaf ears in Government buildings.'