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Speaking today at the conclusion of the talks, IMO Industrial Relations Director Mr Steve Tweed said “The Agreement does nothing to address the very real problem of retaining and recruiting suitably qualified doctors to our public health services. Over the past number of years doctors have been working in an environment of illegal working hours, unsafe conditions and reduced resources to treat patients.
“The opportunity to recognise the efforts of our doctors in this Agreement has been missed by Government and the consequences will be inevitable – more doctors choosing to work abroad in systems that value and respect them. “
Council of the IMO will convene in the coming week to consider the details of the Agreement and will issue a full analysis and commentary to members.