Irish Medical Organisation

IMO survey finds 800 NCHDs may leave Irish Health System

IMO President warns of “disaster for the country”

Over 800 NCHD’s (Non Consultant Hospital Doctors) have written to the Minister for Health warning that they may be forced to seek work abroad as a result of the Minister’s policies in respect of Consultants.  The 800 supported a “write-in” campaign by the Irish Medical Organisation in which symbolic airplane boarding passes were signed by NCHDs to indicate that they were considering working abroad rather than staying in the Irish healthcare system.

Speaking today, Dr. Mark Murphy, Chair of the NCHD Committee of the IMO said;  “We are approaching a crossroads for the NCHD grade in the Irish healthcare services.  There is deep unease amongst my colleagues that medicine is becoming a tainted profession and that there is an agenda to portray the medical profession as though they are driven by greed.”

IMO President, Dr. Paul McKeown said; “These figures represent a deep well of disquiet and apprehension amongst some of the most talented and skilled young professionals in this country and they make me fear for the future delivery of medical care in our health service.  We have put in place a policy that is leading to the export of our brightest and best and while we may not feel the repercussions for a few years, I have no doubt that our Health Service will suffer if these figures become a reality.”

“NCHDs are the source of our specialist physicians and surgeons in Ireland.  These doctors have been educated and trained here yet more and more are now planning not just to spend a few years abroad but to permanently relocate overseas.  That is disastrous for this country.”


Issued by:

Maria Murphy

Director of Communications

Irish Medical Organisation

Tel: 01 6767273


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