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Type C Committee to meet more often

16 Oct 2013

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By Gary Culliton.

The Type C Committee plans to meet on a more frequent basis to decide on applications for consultant Type C posts, including applications which are awaiting a decision. Type C hospital consultants can work privately off-campus.

The HSE, at the Type C Com-mittee meeting in September 2013, confirmed there is scope to approve Type C consultant contracts — where it can be clearly demonstrated “that such a decision will benefit patients and the public at large and that it makes clinical and business sense for the public health service”, the IHCA National Council Annual Report for October 2012/Sep-tember 2013 shows.

In the first instance, it will be the responsibility of the CEO of the relevant hospital/hospital Group to demonstrate the exceptional circumstances pertaining to the application of a Type C contract, referencing the set criteria for Type C posts.

The Type C Committee was established in autumn 2010 and Secretary General Martin Varley represents the Association on it. It held two meetings in the past year.

The work of the Committee was constrained due to the absence of requisite documentation relating to proposals for the new Type C posts and the applications for changes to Type C contracts, the IHCA Report said.

In April 2012, the Committee recommended three new Type C consultant posts but the then-HSE CEO Cathal Magee did not sanction the posts.
The Association has persistently highlighted that this decision not to sanction the three Type C posts “did not adhere to the spirit and the provisions in the 2008 Consultant Contract”.

Appointing Type C consultants increases the number of patients that can be treated and reduces waiting lists at a time when cuts in resources are reducing public hospital beds and theatre operating times, the IHCA said.

Designating posts as Type C also increases Ireland’s ability to recruit consultants when an increasing number of advertised posts are not being filled due to the lack of eligible candidates and because highly-trained doctors are emigrating to other countries that are offering better terms and resources to treat patients, the Association pointed out.

16 October 2013

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