IMO Slams HSE Over Recruitment Crisis For Consultants

The Health & Safety Executive (HSE) has been accused of "not being serious" about tackling the recruitment crisis for Consultants in the Irish health services.

Steve Tweed, from the Irish Medical Organisation (IMO), made the allegations after the collapse of talks at the LRC, aimed at helping the HSE to recruit and retain Irish trained doctors in hospitals in Ireland.

Mr Tweed said that Irish trained doctors were queuing up to leave the Irish health services, but the HSE was acting as if the queues were coming the other way.

He said: "There's a complete contradiction between the HSE approach and the facts on the ground where we have a health service that is dangerously understaffed at specialist level.

"This is a crisis and the HSE seem to think that they can ignore the extraordinary demand that exists internationally for Irish trained doctors and simply carry on putting forward proposals that will not solve the problem.

"The reality is that our doctors see better jobs with better pay and better conditions in various markets across the world and they are voting with their feet."

Mr Tweed also said the IMO would be prepared to re-engage in talks with the HSE if the latter could demonstrate that they were prepared to work with them to tackle the problem.


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