IMO condemns treatment of recruited foreign doctors on RTE Six-One News
RTE Six-One News 22nd September 2011
Dr Ronan Boland, IMO President, spoke with Fergal Bowers, RTE, in a report on the current position of Indian and Pakistani hospital doctors recruited by the HSE.
This is followed by an in-studio interview with HSE spokesman, Dr Philip Crowley.
Now the Irish Medical Organisation has condemned the Health Service Executive for what it claims is the poor treatment of hospital doctors recruited from India and Pakistan to fill vacant posts here. A number of doctors have told RTE News that they’re still not working and so the system has let them down badly. Some two hundred and eighty doctors were originally recruited to work in this country. This evening the HSE said that one hundred and eighty were now at their posts.
Unnamed Indian Doctor:
Senator Colm Burke: (Fine Gael Seanad Health Spokesperson)
Staying with that we’re joined here in studio by Dr. Philip Crowley, who’s National Director of Quality and Patient Safety with the Health Service Executive, which was involved in this recruitment process and, Dr. Crowley, bringing over, I think up to two hundred and eighty, you hoped at one stage, doctors to come here, and we learned today that a substantial number of them are still waiting, still not being paid, still aren’t on the HSE payroll, still waiting for their assignment to the hospitals that they will hope eventually to be working at. What’s been the delay, what’s the problem?
Well we’re still talking I think it would be up to thirty-five of them who are still in this limbo, I mean they’re here maybe four or six weeks at this stage and they’re still being left in a position where they don’t know when they’re actually going to get assigned to a hospital, in many cases they left jobs in India or Pakistan to take up these posts.
So you’re saying the HSE has done everything that’s required of it now at this point?
I believe we’ve done virtually everything, there may be one or two documents that we haven’t produced for one or two doctors but the majority of the documents have been produced, the majority of doctors are indeed registered and I think the situation of those few doctors is frustrated and I share their frustration.
But the Medical Council, and we’ve been speaking to them today, say that they warned you in the early part of this year, when this process was getting underway, that it would take time, there would be delays, and that doctors shouldn’t even be brought to this country until all that documentation was sorted out and they’re ready to do that final assessment and final exam and you chose to ignore that advice.
Well we didn’t ignore that advice because we’re been working very closely with the Medical Council and everything we’ve done the Medical Council have been fully aware of and we’ve a very good relationship with the Medical Council and I hold it as a very important relationship for us as an employer. Look it, we had to establish seven new specialty examinations, I don’t think ourselves, professional bodies or the Medical Council were aware of how complex all of this was going to be...
But it is the case, is it then, that they do say you’re not going to be able to do this in the timescale it’s envisaged.
Dr. Philip Crowley:
They said that it could take some time, depending particularly on whether they have their documentation in order.
Right then you actually went ahead with not just recruiting these doctors but actually bringing them to this country.
Yes, we brought them here because they have to be here, physically present, to sit this examination. We’re always explaining to the doctors...