Treatment Of Young Doctors Raised With Govt

The crisis surrounding how young hospital doctors are trained, recruited and treated has prompted demands for government to act.

The Social Democrats co-leader Róisín Shortall TD raised the issue after the Medical Council's Your Training Survey uncovered problems regarding long working hours and bullying in the workplace.

Over a third of intern doctors and specialist trainees are clocking more than 60 hours a week, with long days being the reason given by two thirds of those who were thinking about practicing medicine abroad.

Deputy Shortall said: "When taken with the recent media coverage of the HSE report on foreign doctors, it adds up to a crisis in the way that we train, recruit and treat our young hospital doctors.

"It's no wonder then that they vote with their feet and move to other countries which have properly functioning health systems and which treat patients and staff with the respect which they deserve.

"The government must publish the high level HSE report which contains a detailed analysis of the severe recruitment problems with hospital doctors. It is only when that detail is available that it will be possible to respond adequately to this crisis which is impacting on patient care and safety."


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