IRELAND 12 December 2013
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Over 2,000 medical consultants work in public and voluntary hospitals in Ireland. Their terms of employment are governed by a common contract agreed in 1997 and revision of this contract is currently the subject of negotiations between the Department of Health and Children, the Health Service Executive and the medical consultants' representative organisations. The examination reviewed the extent to which the provisions of the common contract were implemented by hospital managements in the acute hospital sector.