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The Organisation said that, in many cases, the period of unpaid induction has been extended to cover a full working week, or more.
“It creates a very poor first impression for doctors when their first engagement with the public health service is mandatory unpaid work. This also needs to be set against the backdrop of an acknowledged NCHD retention crisis, which affects every part of the country,” stated the union.
As reported recently in the Medical Independent, the IMO has called on the HSE Human Resources and National Doctors Training and Planning (NDTP) sections to implement “a standardised induction programme across all intern networks that provides all required information and training in as short a period as possible”.
A strict prohibition of inductees from clinical duties, as they are not indemnified to provide these services prior to their employment, is being sought, as well as a “nanny intern” programme nationwide after commencement of employment to complement the “shadowing” that is required in many intern networks during the induction period.