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  • I think the comments about pay verus job are a bit unfounded given the hours junior doctors work..an 80 hour week on site on call with minimal sleep is the usual.

    How would trainee DF boctors fit in with that and the NCHD rotations that follow, given they would have to be transfered from brigade to brigade evey six months for a bout second year to get to SHO status which would be practically useless in the DF any as 99.9% of medical / surgical decisions are made by consultants.

    The army could not pay consultant so every time an army doctor has to make a descison it has to be cleared by a consultant. So the army has bought in private consultant time....and there isn't a fit military facility to carry out day to day proceedures such as acute hospitals can.....

    having been a victim of the army medical system and ended up in the hands of civvy doctors as a result..off load Army Doctots and replace them with RDF doctors who you can deploy when needed.

    Here in Kilkenny the guys just arrive in the Hospital as if it were sick parade..and cut out the middleman.
    Covid 19 is not over ....it's still very real..Hand Hygiene, Social Distancing and Masks.. keep safe

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    • Spot on.

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      • Numbers and location of medical officers etc

        Dail Answers 28th September 2011

        Question 130. Deputy David Stanton asked the Minister for Defence the number of medical doctors currently serving in the Defence Forces; the locations at which these doctors are posted; the number and location of any vacant medical doctor posts; if he intends to fill these posts; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [26622/11]

        Minister for Defence (Deputy Alan Shatter): Based on the global medical requirement across the Defence Forces as a whole, there is a current requirement for approximately 32 doctors within the Defence Forces Medical Corps. There are currently sixteen doctors serving in the Permanent Defence Force and the table below shows the locations where these doctors are currently posted.

        Number Location

        Director/Deputy Director, Medical Corps 2
        St. Bricin’s Hospital 3
        Eastern Brigade 1
        Southern Brigade 3
        Western Brigade 2
        Defence Forces Training Centre 2
        Naval Service 1
        Overseas 1
        Leave of Absence 1
        TOTAL 16


        The recently completed Medical Services Review recommended a programme of major change in the structure of the Defence Forces Medical Corps. In the new structure, medical personnel within the Defence Forces will come under one central command, the Central Medical Unit, which will have responsibility for the management and delivery of medical services, including the allocation of doctors across the system on the basis of demand and operational requirements. This Central Medical Unit will mandate change across the service and deploy resources centrally, locally and overseas as required. This approach will better support delivery of all care requirements, as both demand and capacity can be pooled and managed centrally and be deployed and redeployed more flexibly across the system.

        A competition for the appointment of doctors to the Medical Corps was advertised and applications are currently being processed in this regard. While the competition remains open and further applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis, it will take some time before we have achieved the current target of 32 doctors in the Defence Forces. Alternative arrangements to address the ongoing shortfall in medical officers are being developed by the Central Medical Unit.

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        • DAIL Anser given 11th October 2011..

          392. Deputy Seán Kenny asked the Minister for Defence the number of dentists and nurses currently serving in the Defence Forces; the locations at which these nurses and dentists are posted; the number and location of any vacant nurses and dentists posts; and if he intends to fill these posts. [28722/11]

          Minister for Defence (Deputy Alan Shatter): There are currently five Dentists and twelve Nurses serving in the Defence Forces Medical Corps. The tables show the locations where these Dentists and Nurses are currently posted.

          Dentists
          Location Number
          St Bricin’s Hospital 2
          1 Southern Brigade 1
          4 Western Brigade 1
          Defence Forces Training Centre 1
          TOTAL 5

          Nurses
          Location Number
          St Bricin’s Hospital 4
          1 Southern Brigade 3
          Defence Forces Training Centre 5
          TOTAL 12

          The recently completed Medical Services Review recommended a programme of major change in the structure of the Defence Forces Medical Corps. In the new structure, medical personnel within the Defence Forces will come under one central command, the Central Medical Unit, which will have responsibility for the management and delivery of medical services, including the allocation of doctors across the system on the basis of demand and operational requirements. This Central Medical Unit will mandate change across the service and deploy resources centrally, locally and overseas as required. This approach will better support delivery of all care requirements, as both demand and capacity can be pooled and managed centrally and be deployed and redeployed more flexibly across the system

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          • Really they should just revise DFRs.

            At the time of the report they said there was an annual requirement for 18,617 PDF medicals (of 11 types).

            Change the format of the annual medical so that the covers the person for 12 months from the date.

            Part of the annual medical to be is person suitable for EOS (any limitations?), to serve overseas (any limitations?), discharge and to undergo courses (rated from light to very strenuous etc).

            Then instead of full medical, if deemed necessary, prior to EOS, selection for overseas, discharge, course etc the soldier could visit a medic for a review. If anything is suspect or soldier requests it then a full medical can be arranged.

            That would mean the amount of medicals would reduce to 14,483 (with post overseas medicals).

            It would possibly mean more reclassification medicals and medical boards (say an extra 1,200).

            But you still would have cut the requirement by 16%

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            • https://www.medicalindependent.ie/in...aining-scheme/

              well worth a read


              “A “review” of the military medicine specialist training scheme is ongoing, against a background of recruitment difficulties, the Medical Independent (MI) understands.

              According to the Department of Defence, discussions were taking place on “all matters” relating to the scheme between the Department, Defence Forces, ICGP and HSE. The ICGP informed MI it had no role in the review.”

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              • Yep prisoners get better care , as usual the DOD cannot see further than its own nose on this
                "Are they trying to shoot down the other drone? "

                "No, they're trying to fly the tank"

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                • Originally posted by DeV View Post
                  https://www.medicalindependent.ie/in...aining-scheme/

                  well worth a read


                  “A “review” of the military medicine specialist training scheme is ongoing, against a background of recruitment difficulties, the Medical Independent (MI) understands.

                  According to the Department of Defence, discussions were taking place on “all matters” relating to the scheme between the Department, Defence Forces, ICGP and HSE. The ICGP informed MI it had no role in the review.”
                  I see the former D Med even threw in his tuppence
                  "Well, stone me! We've had cocaine, bribery and Arsenal scoring two goals at home. But just when you thought there were truly no surprises left in football, Vinnie Jones turns out to be an international player!" (Jimmy Greaves)!"

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