Three Irish surgeons have revealed that they are being paid a whopping $350,000 to do nothing.
The three orthopedic consultants at Letterkenny General Hospital in
County Donegal have revealed that the Irish Health Service is paying
them to “sit around doing nothing” while operating theaters are empty.
Senior consultant and team leader, Peter O’Rourke said he is
“frustrated and depressed” about the current working climate in
Letterkenny General Hospital.
The surgeon claims there is little or no work for his team in the
busy hospital despite massive waiting lists for essential knee and hip
surgeries known as elective surgeries.
The health service has put such surgeries on hold until next year as the “elective” budget has overrun by $3.3 million.
“I’m sitting here in my office looking out my window at a digger
piling up clay on the site of the new emergency department when I
should be at work in an operating theater,” said Dr O’Rourke.
And he also pointed out that the real victims are the patients who are suffering in pain while on massive waiting lists.
This serves as a ‘what not to do’ warning signal.