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Hiring ‘pressure’ was placed on South Infirmary by Hospital Group

However, a hospital spokesperson told the Medical Independent (MI) last week that no other such incidents had taken place since and that the relationship between the SIVUH and the Hospital Group is “good”.

Minutes of the board’s meeting on 29 February last, obtained by MI following a Freedom of Information request, stated: “The Clinical Director stated that he would like it brought to the attention of the board that there had been certain pressures brought on the hospital by the S/SWHG.”

“There had been an insistence for example that a registrar, who had not finished his training but did receive a consultant’s contract, obtained hours in the hospital.

“This consultant would require supervision in relation to finishing his registrar’s training. This had been refused by the hospital, as there were no hours available for him. The board was in agreement with this refusal.”

Asked about the hospital’s current relationship with the S/SWHG  and whether there had been any incidents of “pressure” since, a hospital spokesperson described the relationship as good.

“There have been no incidents of pressure,” the spokesperson told MI. “The SIVUH has a good relationship with the S/SWHG.”

Separately, at the February meeting of the hospital board, the situation regarding its chapel, which is closed, was discussed. The board approved a request to write to Bishop John Buckley of Cork regarding restoration of the chapel.

“There has been no development with the chapel,” a hospital spokesperson told MI last week. “It has not reopened and there are no funding prospects yet.”

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