News in brief: June 2011
Irish public hospitals expect to start the summer short of up to 400 junior doctors, and the country’s health system will look abroad to fill vacancies left open after a shortage of applicants to this year’s recruitment round, the Irish Times reported.
The country’s Health Service Executive (HSE) has told the Irish Hospital Consultants Association that there had been about 950 applicants for its recent centralised competition for junior doctor posts, leaving it potentially short of 300-400 doctors. Currently around 150 posts are vacant.
Donal Duffy, assistant secretary general of the consultants’ association, said the problem of trying to fill posts was getting worse.
“What is most worrying this time round is the training bodies are unable to fill the training posts they have in a range of specialties,” he said.
Surgeons in training in the UK need to gain more experience of handling emergencies, a leading consultant has said.