Readers like you keep news free for everyone.

More than 5,000 readers have already pitched in to keep free access to The Journal.

For the price of one cup of coffee each week you can help keep paywalls away.

Support us today
Not now
Dublin: 17°C Tuesday 16 August 2022

Junior doctors warn Health Minister they will emigrate

Over 800 junior doctors have warned James Reilly that the agenda to portray the medical profession as though it is driven by greed is creating “deep unease”.

Image: Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland

OVER 800 JUNIOR doctors have written to the Health Minister James Reilly to warn that they may be forced to emigrate for work if an agenda that seeks to “portray the medical profession as though they are driven by greed” continues.

The non-consultant hospital doctors (NCHD) have supported a ‘write-in’ campaign that is organised by the Irish Medical Organisation (IMO) in which symbolic plane boarding passes were signed to indicate they are considering abroad for work.

There have been tensions between consultants and the Health Service Executive in recent months over talks surrounding new contracts which would change working hours and practices as Reilly looks to make savings in the sector.

“We are approaching a crossroads for the NCHD grade in the Irish healthcare services,” Dr Mark Murphy, chair of the NCHD committee of the IMO said.

“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.”

The president of the IMO Dr Paul McKeown said that the Minister had been implementing policies which were leading to the export of “our brightest and best”.

Making a difference

A mix of advertising and supporting contributions helps keep paywalls away from valuable information like this article.

Over 5,000 readers like you have already stepped up and support us with a monthly payment or a once-off donation.

For the price of one cup of coffee each week you can make sure we can keep reliable, meaningful news open to everyone regardless of their ability to pay.

He said that the health service would suffer in the coming years as a result with the number of those supporting the campaign representing a “deep well of disquiet and apprehension” amongst junior doctors.

“NCHDs are the source of our specialist physicians and surgeons in Ireland,” he said.

“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.”

Read: Nurse staffing levels “critical”, says INMO

About the author:

Hugh O'Connell

Read next: