The President of the Irish Hospital Consultants’ Association, Dr Gerard Crotty, has warned that long-term damage to the quality of patient care may occur because of the on-going crisis in medical recruitment.
He said that hospital consultants were at the forefront of patient safety and quality developments – citing their unique role as Clinical Directors – and through a number of patient safety and quality initiatives being implemented in Irish hospitals.
The World Cup may or may not end up in Qatar, but if it is, there will be a lot of Irish doctors on-hand to treat casualties
Doubling the number of trainee GPs will not solve the growing problem of a shortage of GPs in the country, according to the chair of the Irish Medical Organisation’s GP committee, but instead would be like ‘increasing the water pressure in a leaky pipe’.
Dr Ray Walley – who has a GP practice on Dublin’s northside said that having met the newly-appointed Minister for Health, Leo Varadkar, he had confidence that the Minister understood the problems facing general practice, but that increasing the number of GP trainees would not solve the looming shortage.