All new hospital consultant posts should be public only
Sinn Féin Health Spokesperson Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD speaking as the national council of the Irish Hospital Consultants Association met in relation to public-only contracts said: 'Sinn Féin supports the introduction of a new contract to ensure that all new hospital consultant posts are public only."
Deputy Ó Caoláin said:
"We currently have a situation where hospital consultants are being paid on the double to work in the public and private sector without proper accountability for their work in the public system. Those paying privately for care get faster and better treatment by specialists. Those in the public hospital system wait longer and tend to be treated by non-consultant hospital doctors. It is vital that more consultants are urgently recruited.
"The Government promised to deliver a new contract for hospital consultants guaranteeing equity for public patients by 2002. Five years later we are still waiting.
"Sinn Féin would immediately introduce a new contract for hospital consultants to guarantee equity for public patients and ensure that all new hospital consultant posts are public-only." ENDS