Thursday, 16 November 1972
Dáil Eireann Debate
Mr. 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.
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.
Mr. 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: 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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