Consultant Psychiatrist ‘turned down Roscommon job over salary’

A candidate who has been offered a permanent (psychiatry) consultant post at Roscommon Hospital is baulking at accepting the job unless offered more money.

 

  That’s the claim of Fianna Fáil TD Eugene Murphy who says consultants are holding the services to ransom over salary scales.

  According to Deputy Murphy, just one candidate applied for a permanent consultant post which was recently advertised for Roscommon. The candidate was offered the job and “indicated that he will take up the post if he is paid at the highest point of the salary scale.”

  Deputy Murphy: “This application remains with the DEPR. Another consultant post will be advertised when the next cohort of higher trainees finish in July.

  “This (situation) is simply outrageous. We obviously have a major problem in the first place if we can only attract one candidate for a permanent psychiatrist post and now the services are being held to ransom by greed and an unrealistic desire by consultant entrants seeking the highest point of the salary scale.

  “The permanent post remains in ‘limbo land’ while patients and staff have to rely on locum psychiatrists which provides a disjointed service and can impact negatively on the long-term mental health care.”

  Deputy Murphy recently tabled a parliamentary question with Minister for Health Simon Harris to investigate when full-time psychiatrist posts would be made available in County Roscommon.

  In response to his parliamentary question, Deputy Murphy was informed by the Mental Health Services of the HSE that difficulties in consultant recruitment is a significant national problem since different salary scales were introduced for new entrants.