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'25 new plastic surgeons needed'
[Posted: Mon 03/10/2005 www.irishhealth.com]
By Niall Hunter-Editor
The hospital service needs an additional 25 posts of consultant plastic surgeon, according to a new report.
The report, from the National Hospitals Office/Comhairle, says 15 additional plastic surgery posts should be created as a priority and the aim should be to have one consultant plastic surgeon per 90,000 people.
The report says that the development of new plastic surgery units at Limerick, Tallaght and Waterford should be prioritised and there should also be new units developed at Drogheda, Tullamore and Sligo.
In all, the report recommends that there should be 12 regional plastic surgery centres around the country.
At present there are only 19 permanent plastic surgeon posts in the public sector in Ireland.
The document states that there should be regional self-sufficiency in the provision of plastic surgery services, so that patients can access specialist services nearer to their homes.
In a separate report by the same body on ear, nose and throat (ENT) services, it is recommended that there should be 20 new ENT consultant posts created, including 10 priority posts.
At present there are 36 ENT surgeon posts in public hospitals in Ireland.
The report says a locally-based ENT service should be established in the north-east of the country.
|Anonymous Posted: 06/10/2005 15:26|
|And we need more nurses to services the beds in those hospital wings that lie idle also.|
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