GPs warned not to apply for senior positions in Ireland

Ireland's equivalent of the BMA has asked UK GPs not to apply for senior clinical posts in Ireland after a row with the Irish government.

Sixty-eight senior posts have been created by the Irish government, but the Irish Medical Organisation (IMO) is calling on doctors across the world to boycott the application process.

The posts, which call for clinicians with over 15 years' experience, are expected to lure Irish expatriates back to the country.

IMO director of industrial relations Fintan Hourihan told GP: 'We are asking GPs not to apply because the government has not finished negotiating the conditions of these jobs with us.'

In Ireland all senior health service posts have to be approved by the government.

Normally there would be around 100 created throughout the year, but these latest jobs were announced in the run-up to an election.

'To get that many people with experience, they have to look overseas and often Irish people will return home to take one up,' Mr Hourihan said.

'We are warning GPs that the terms of employment have not been finalised and they might attract inferior pay and working conditions.'

The IMO has written to the BMA, the Canadian Medical Association and the American Medical Association calling for solidarity from all of their members around the world.

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