Press Release

Statement from Mary Harney, Minister for Health and Children, on Consultants’ work to rule

Speaking as consultants commenced their work to rule the Minister for Health and Children , Mary Harney said today (Monday, May 21th) that the 68 new posts which consultants wanted to block have been advertised for patient services where they are badly needed.

The Minister emphasised that there will be no pause in the recruitment process.

She said the public would find it hard to understand how consultant organisations would now seek to stop recruitment to posts that they have    demanded for some time.

The Minister said “I strongly urge consultants to reconsider their actions in attempting to block recruitment to these important posts in areas such as rheumatology, cystic fibrosis and psychiatry.