Vacant consultant cardiologist post in UHK yet to be advertised

The vacant consultant cardiologist post in UHK is yet to be advertised.

In June of last year, the HSE said the recruitment process was already ongoing, following the official resignation of the previous consultant cardiologist.

Councillors John Francis Flynn and John Joe Culloty brought motions to yesterday’s Regional Health Forum, asking for an update on the process in UHK.

In June of 2018, the HSE told TD John Brassil that the recruitment process had commenced to replace the retiring consultant.

It also told the Fianna Fáil TD that two additional consultant cardiologists will be appointed between UHK and CUH; no appointment has since taken place.

Last September, the General Manager of University Hospital Kerry, Fearghal Grimes, said UHK hoped to fill eight permanent consultant positions in the new year.

The HSE says, currently, individual posts are at various stages of the recruitment process, much of which is handled by the National Consultant Appointments Advisory Committee.

Once approved, the posts are then forwarded to the Public Appointments Service for advertisement, short listing and interviewing.

In direct response to the councillors’ motions, the HSE says the replacement post for the retired consultant cardiologist is currently with the Consultant Appointments Advisory Committee.

Approval is required before progressing to advertising the post.