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O’Reilly concerned doctors without requisite specialist training filling consultancy posts

15 May, 2017 - by Louise O'Reilly TD

Speaking this afternoon, Sinn Féin TD and Health Spokesperson Louise O’Reilly has said she is extremely concerned that doctors without the requisite specialist training are being appointed to fill temporary consultant positions in Hospitals across the country.

Deputy O’Reilly said:

“It is beyond concerning that the HSE is appointing doctors not on the Medical Council’s specialist register to fill temporary consultant positions that they do not possess essential specialist training, skills, and expertise, as they have admitted.

“The Irish Hospital Consultants Association have also criticised this state of affairs and raised their concerns over such incidences.

“These failings admitted to by the HSE and again outlined by the IHCA are seriously compromising patient care and safety and need to be immediately rectified. The situation as it stands, and the general crisis of the health service in this country is completely unacceptable.

“The root cause of this issue is again a staffing issue which is once more linked to the underfunding and mismanagement of our health service, uncompetitive pay rates and extremely stressful and difficult working conditions.

“It is no way acceptable that doctors who do not have the requisite specialist training should be treating patients as consultants in our acute health services. It is neither acceptable to patients and their families, and it is not acceptable or fair to those doctors or other healthcare staff in our hospitals.

“I am urging Minister Simon Harris to deviate from his default position of passing the buck to someone else and to immediately address the situation and to acquiesce to the request of the IHCA and publish details on the number of consultant posts filled by doctors who were not on the specialist register for the speciality in which they were practising.” 

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