The IMO has stated that a ballot consultants for industrial action will take place in September if talks to deal with the crisis in consultant recruitment do not take place.
With over 500 vacant consultant posts around the country, increasing waiting lists, and most recently the failure to recruit enough consultants to allow the Urgent Care Centre in Connolly Hospital (Phase 1 of Children’s Hospital) to operate as planned, the IMO has claimed that the Government is effectively ignoring the crisis.
Speaking today, Dr Matthew Sadlier, Consultant Psychiatrist commented: “The Government’s recklessly belligerent attitude is radicalising our members who are now considering the need to withdraw services until pay parity is restored. This is a crisis in Consultant recruitment which is happening now and which could impact on front line care in the health services for years and it simply must be fixed now”.
Dr Sadlier said that consultants were particularly upset that both the Taoiseach and the Minister for Health have previously accepted the need to change the current discriminatory system but have failed to act, in 2014 and again last year.
Dr Matthew Sadlier concluded: A decade ago there would have been intense competition for such posts. We have a flagship project that cannot attract enough consultants to even open Phase 1 as originally planned. Unless we do something now the situation will deteriorate to the extent that services will be unsustainable with no hope of developing much needed new services for patients”.