UHK General Manager hoping to fill eight permanent consultant positions within six months

It is hoped that eight key consultant positions at University Hospital Kerry will be permanently filled within the next six months.

The update followed a question at the recent HSE South Regional Health Forum by Kerry County Councillor John Joe Culloty.


Cllr Culloty called on the HSE to immediately address the chronic understaffing at University Hospital Kerry including consultants, doctors, nurses and health care professionals.

In response, UHK General Manager Fearghal Grimes said ten of the 42 consultant posts at the hospital are vacant and are being filled by locums.

There are three paediatric vacancies, three in radiology, two in the Emergency Department, one geriatrician and one cardiologist.

Mr Grimes says interviews are taking place in the next two months for the positions in paediatrics, radiology and emergency medicine and it is hoped to have permanent consultants in these positions in the next six months.

The hospital is working with the South/South West Hospital Group to progress the other appointments and new positions including microbiology, respiratory, cardiology & haematology.

Mr Grimes there are 16 nursing vacancies and they are constantly recruiting and interviews for health care assistants will be taking place in the coming weeks.