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RCSI raises concerns over composition of HSE Appointments Panel

At the April meeting of the RCSI Committee for Surgical Affairs, it was mentioned that the RCSI would like to see a “local surgical representative” on the HSE Consultant Appointments Panel.

This is according to minutes obtained under a Freedom of Information request.

“‘Local’ refers to an in-specialty, clinical representative from the recruiting hospital,” a RCSI spokesperson told the Medical Independent.

“These concerns were channelled through the Forum of Postgraduate Training Bodies and are the subject of ongoing discussion”

According to the minutes, the RCSI Committee for Surgical Affairs said it would like to see a local surgical representative added to the five-person panel.

“A discussion followed on the importance of a local representative and it was fully agreed that such a nominee should be included,” read the minutes.

“Concern was raised regarding the inadequate/inappropriate composition of the selection panels for some recent appointments, which was noted. It was recommended that the College Council should insist on the incorporation of at least one local representative on the panel.”

The HSE had not provided comment on the issue by press time.

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