Ceisteanna—Questions Oral Answers. - Army Medical Services.

Thursday, 16 November 1972

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 263 No. 10

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Mr. Ryan: Information on Richie Ryan  Zoom on Richie Ryan  asked the Minister for Defence the present strength of medical, dental and nursing services in the Defence Forces; and if he is satisfied that the recruitment position and service conditions are satisfactory.

Mr. Cronin: Information on Jeremiah Cronin  Zoom on Jeremiah Cronin  There are at present 51 medical officers and eight dental officers in the Defence Forces. There are 77 members in the Army nursing service.

Difficulty has been experienced in filling vacancies for medical and dental officers in the Army Medical Corps and also in filling vacancies in the Army Nursing Service. The conditions of service of personnel of the Army Medical Corps and of members of the Army Nursing Service are regarded as generally satisfactory. The question of the pay of medical officers of the Army Medical Corps is currently under review.

[1974]Mr. Cooney: Information on Patrick Mark Cooney  Zoom on Patrick Mark Cooney  What steps are being taken to overcome the difficulties of recruiting medical and dental personnel?

Mr. Cronin: Information on Jeremiah Cronin  Zoom on Jeremiah Cronin  I am hopeful that the outcome of the review of pay will have that effect.

Mr. Cooney: Information on Patrick Mark Cooney  Zoom on Patrick Mark Cooney  Can the Minister say that there will be a substantial increase in pay available to Army doctors and dentists?

Mr. Cronin: Information on Jeremiah Cronin  Zoom on Jeremiah Cronin  I would not wish to anticipate the decision.

Mr. Cooney: Information on Patrick Mark Cooney  Zoom on Patrick Mark Cooney  Would the Minister not agree that there is no other way of getting doctors and dentists?

Mr. Cronin: Information on Jeremiah Cronin  Zoom on Jeremiah Cronin  It is a good way of getting personnel of all kinds.

Mr. Cooney: Information on Patrick Mark Cooney  Zoom on Patrick Mark Cooney  In view of the expansion of the Army would the Minister consider reopening the military hospital at Custume Barracks, Athlone, to cater for the Western Command?

An Leas-Cheann Comhairle: Information on Denis Francis Jones  Zoom on Denis Francis Jones  That is a separate question.

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Mr. Ryan: Information on Richie Ryan  Zoom on Richie Ryan  asked the Minister for Defence what liaison mechanism exists between the medical service of the Defence Forces and post-graduate civilian medical educational faculties; and to what degree secondment and post-graduate education is made available to Defence medical personnel.

Mr. Cronin: Information on Jeremiah Cronin  Zoom on Jeremiah Cronin  There is no formal liaison between the Army Medical Corps and post-graduate civilian medical educational authorities. Officers of the corps are, from time to time, assigned to undergo post-graduate medical courses and to attend symposia and conferences held by medical bodies and societies in this country and abroad. A number of officers of the corps have been granted study leave with pay and allowances with a view to their obtaining post-graduate degrees or diplomas.


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