Recruitment freeze leading to more doctors emigrating, IMO says

The Irish Medical Organisation has criticized the HSE recruitment freeze, calling it ‘deeply flawed’ and ‘unsafe’. The policy is causing NCHDs to emigrate in increasing numbers and is negatively impacting both staff and patients. The organisation claims that the freeze is not saving money as intended, as existing staff are being forced to work overtime. The pressure to work additional hours is leading to unsafe practices, and the IMO believes that the recruitment freeze is damaging the medical workforce. They argue that the government needs to invest in capacity and the medical workforce in order to address the problems in the health service and meet the needs of patients.

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