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Medical graduates angered after HSE blunder sees internship offers rescinded

Over 560 internship positions were offered to medical graduates on Monday only for the offers to be rescinded late yesterday evening.

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THE HSE HAS admitted that it had to rescind offers made to prospective interns who were told on Monday of the new positions they would be taking up in its Medical Training Unit only to later learn that these offers had been rescinded.

In excess of 1,100 new medical graduates had applied for 567 training internship positions across various hospitals and specialities within the HSE and were told of their offers on Monday.

However the HSE said it was subsequently discovered that a small number of the candidates – they say less than 20 – should not have received offers and as a result all offers will now have to be revised.

This information was communicated to medical graduates in an email from the National Recruitment Office late last evening with many who had been making preparations for their new posts forced to postpone or cancel their plans.

In a statement the HSE said: “Once adjustments to the ranking positions are made for these candidates the position being offered to some of the remaining candidates may change.

“It is likely that the offer made to the majority of candidates will not change however some candidates will receive a revised offer in the coming days.”

A number of applicants contacted TheJournal.ie to express their anger at the situation saying that in some cases interns had already organised and paid for accommodation in the area they thought they would be working in.

One said there was “huge anger and anxiety” among interns who are now unsure where they will now be working. A revised offer will be issued to medical graduates next week.

“Applicants have been communicated with directly and have been advised appropriately whether the offer made to them was an error and this offer is no longer valid, the offer made to them remains unchanged, the offer made to them may be amended in line with the revised results,” the HSE added.

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