Press Release

Statement by Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, re training posts for NCHDs

Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer today (15th June, 2010) welcomed the resolution of the matter of training posts for NCHDs which will mean that this issue will not impact on patient services. Dr Holohan noted the HSE’s statement that all existing training posts, where possible, will continue to be recognised by the Medical Council as training posts for one further year from 1 July 2010. This means that there is now a twelve month period to allow all interested parties to make appropriate transition arrangements.

“I welcome the commitment by the HSE and I look forward to the Medical Council, the Irish Forum on Postgraduate Training Bodies and others working closely with the HSE in its efforts to strengthen the quality of postgraduate training programmes for the benefit for patients and the general public” Dr Holohan said. “This will directly deal with patient safety concerns raised in relation to the possible placement of a large number of junior doctors on the General Division of the Registered Medical Practitioners.”