Tuesday, 12 March 2013

Questions (584)

Brendan Griffin

Question:

584. Deputy Brendan Griffin asked the Minister for Health if his attention has been drawn to the difficulty faced by the Health Service Executive in recruiting consultant radiologists; the way he proposes to address this shortage; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [12394/13]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

The recruitment of staff in the health sector is primarily a matter for the Health Service Executive. I have asked the Executive to reply directly to the Deputy in relation to the recruitment of consultant radiologists. Consultant posts in certain specialties have traditionally been difficult to fill, most notably in areas such as radiology, paediatric intensive care and histopathology. There are also geographical locations to which it is difficult to attract candidates. These are generally locations outside the major urban centres. Where necessary, locum arrangements are put in place to ensure service delivery.

Questions Nos. 585 to 587, inclusive, answered with Question No. 583.