As of the end of January, there were 101 consultants employed by the HSE who were not on the Medical Council’s specialist register, according to figures provided to this newspaper.
A spokesperson told the Medical Independent that Saolta University Health Care Group was the group with the highest number of consultants not specialist-registered at 28. This was followed by South/South West Hospital Group, with 20, and Dublin Midlands Hospital Group with 13.
The continued employment of consultants not on the specialist register was raised at a meeting of the
HSE people and culture committee on 14 October.
The HSE National Director of Human Resources (HR) Ms Anne Marie Hoey gave an update to the committee on the matter. She stated that the number had “reduced from 153 to 104”.
According to the minutes of the meeting: “It is HSE policy that when a consultant is being appointed all options to recruit a suitable candidate with specialist registration must be exhausted before appointing a candidate from the general register. The ND [National Director] HR provided the escalation process involved in appointing a consultant who is not on the specialist register.”
The committee requested follow-up information on the issue.
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