HSE disputes Naas Hospital doctors claim

THE Health Service Executive has disputed a claim that there is a shortage of senior doctors working in the emergency department at Naas Hospital, writes Paul O’Meara.

THE Health Service Executive has disputed a claim that there is a shortage of senior doctors working in the emergency department at Naas Hospital, writes Paul O’Meara.

A survey by the Irish Association for Emergency Medicine suggested that eight hospitals have emergency departments where more than half of all registrar posts remain unfilled.

According to this review, whicxh took place in late January-early February, there are eight hospitals where half or more registrar posts remain unfilled.

They are Children’s University Hospital, Temple Street, Dublin; Connolly Hospital, Blanchardstown; Galway University Hospital; University Hospital, Limerick; Mayo, Naas and Letterkenny General Hospitals; and Our Lady’s Hospital in Navan.

It also found that three hospitals - Navan, Letterkenny and Naas - have no permanent registrar.

However in a statement to the Leinster Leader, the HSE pointed out that Non Consultant Hospital Doctor (NCHDs) positions are not permanent posts anyway.

“These are are rotational positions. However all registrar posts in Naas General Hospital are currently filled,” the statement added.