Sign up now for ease of access to The Medical Independent, Ireland’s most frequently published medical newspaper, delivering award-winning news and investigative reporting.

  • receive the eCopy two days prior to the printed edition.
  • can partake in our online MCQs.
  • can enter our online sports quiz.


Medicalindependent.ie is Ireland's only investigative medical news website for doctors, healthcare professionals and anyone with an interest in health issues.

Established in 2010, along with its sister publication The Medical Independent, our stated aim is to investigate and analyse the major issues affecting healthcare and the medical profession in Ireland. The Medical Independent has won a number of awards for its investigative journalism, and its stories are frequently picked up by national digital, broadcast and print media. The Medical Independent is published by GreenCross Publishing.

Address: Top Floor, 111 Rathmines Road Lr, Dublin 6

Tel: 353 (01) 441 0024

GreenCross Publishing is owned by Graham Cooke.

‘Shambolic’ recruitment and Brexit challenges raised at health summit

By Mindo - 04th Jun 2019 | 45 views

The difficulty in recruiting doctors to work in the Irish health system was raised at the recent Future Health Summit in the RDS.

Ms Colette Cowan, CEO of University of Limerick (UL) Hospitals Group, outlined to attendees at the summit that her Group found it hard to recruit consultants.

“It is very difficult to hire and recruit consultants in Ireland at the moment,” Ms Cowan told the summit.

“We should be giving more lucrative contracts so that they can work in both areas safely and comfortably.”

Prof Nick Slevin, Clinical Director of the Christie NHS Foundation Trust International in Manchester, UK, spoke later at the summit where he said the system of recruitment in Ireland is “shambolic”.

Prof Slevin was speaking at the conference about the collaboration between the Christie Cancer Centre in Manchester and Cork University Hospital (CUH) on radiation oncology services.

In terms of working in Ireland he noted that “there have been challenges”.

“One of the things we were very surprised at, was just how protracted recruitment of new staff is in Ireland,” said Prof Slevin.

“Absolutely shambolic. It needs changing. That is all I will say about that.”

The summit was also addressed by outgoing CUH CEO Mr Tony McNamara who highlighted the positive benefits of collaboration between his hospital and the Christie Cancer Centre.

Mr Tony McNamara

“Well, I think the added value of engaging with other hospitals internationally is a good thing,” Mr McNamara told the Medical Independent (MI) following his address.

“The peer-to-peer work we have done with the Christie Cancer Centre has significantly accelerated the pace of change I think in relation to radiation services.

“Clearly the uncertainty of Brexit is something that is of concern to us, particularly in relation to collaboration on trials, we will just have to respond to political circumstances as they change.”

Asked whether he thought there has been sufficient discussion on the issue of Brexit at the top of the Department of Health and the HSE, Mr McNamara told MI “absolutely”.

“There has been much discussion on the impact of Brexit on the health service and because of the uncertainty of Brexit we will have to wait and see what the impact will be and we will have to adjust to that as it emerges.”

Leave a Reply

Latest
Latest Issue
medical news
The Medical Independent 19th May 2022

You need to be logged in to access this content. Please login or sign up using the links below.

Most Read