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Tralee councillors call on HSE to fill vacant consulting role at UHK

Mar 16, 2022 13:03 By radiokerrynews
Tralee councillors call on HSE to fill vacant consulting role at UHK Tralee councillors call on HSE to fill vacant consulting role at UHK
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A number of councillors agreed to write to the HSE to prioritise the replacement of consultant surgeon, Dr Tom McMcCormack at University Hospital Kerry.

Dr Tom McCormack worked as a consultant surgeon at UHK until he retired in January.

Independent councillor Sam Locke raised the motion at this month's Tralee Municipal District meeting, and was supported by his fellow councillors.

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Cllr Locke says it’s not acceptable that patients are being sent to Cork for appointments.

He believes the HSE is dealing with the issue in a flippant manner.

Fianna Fáil councillor Mikey Sheehy says the number of available consulting roles in UHK is concerning.

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He says it can take up to 9 months to recruit a consultant; he also says the same process in the private sector takes 25% of that time.

Cllr Sheehy says it’s red tape bureaucracy gone mad.

Cllr  Deidre Ferris says the South South West Hospital Group needs to put a huge body of work into filling UHK’s vacant consultant roles.

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The Sinn Féin councillor  doesn’t accept that the recruitment process is the issue.

 

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