Press Release

Minister Martin highlights ongoing success in filling non-consultant hospital doctor posts

The Minister for Health and Children, Mr Micheál Martin TD today (21 December 2001), highlighted the ongoing success of the recruitment programme for non-consultant hospital doctors (NCHDs). The latest indications for 1 January 2002 are that almost all posts will be filled and in cases where there are vacancies on 1 January, health boards and hospitals will continue their efforts to fill any remaining vacancies.

There are approximately 3,300 NCHDs employed in the Irish Public Health Service. Throughout 2001 the level of filled posts has remained at over 98.5% of NCHD positions. A number of new initiatives have been undertaken throughout the year to improve the recruitment and retention of NCHDs.

The Minister said that “the package of initiatives, including improved overtime payments, individual training grants, together with the new recruitment initiatives were contributing to maximising the level of filled NCHD posts”. He added that he “was committed to the Government´s aim of improving the health service. This was further outlined in the recently published Health Strategy Quality and Fairness which emphasises the importance of effective human resource policies. The introduction of further initiatives will be kept under review” the Minister said.