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A guide for the general public on how to be better prepared in the event of a major emergency
This report has been prepared by the National Hospitals Office of the Health Service Executive based on information collected and collated by Comhairle na nOspidéal. On 1st January, 2005, there were 1,947 approved permanent consultant posts and 4,170 approved nonconsultant hospital doctors (NCHD) in the public sector in Ireland. This is a net increase of 123 consultant posts (6.7%) on last year’s figure and, therefore, represents the largest number of additional consultant posts ever approved in a single year. This continues the trend of significant increases in the numbers of consultant posts approved for Irish hospitals in recent years. For example, 507 additional posts have been approved in the past 5 years compared with 224 in the previous 5 years.
This handbook provides you with the relevant information to assist and guide you when considering returning to nursing or midwifery practice in the public health service.
Following a request from the Department of Health and Children, Comhairle na nOspidéal established a committee to review neurosurgical services, focussing in particular on issues of capacity and geographic configuration, in the context of high quality and safe services. The following terms of reference were adopted; “Having due regard to geographic & demographic patterns, to examine the existing arrangements for the provision of neurosurgical services and consultant staffing nationally, and following consultation with the interests concerned, to make recommendations to Comhairle na nOspidéal on the future organisation and development of neurosurgical services in Ireland, in the context of current best practice, in order to facilitate high quality and safe services. The review should take into account the national / regional character of current neurosurgical services and focus on updating the recommendations outlined in the 1989 and 1991 Comhairle reports, taking into consideration recent advances in the neurosurgery/neuroscience group of specialties.”