This report has been prepared by the National Hospitals Office of the Health Service Executive based on information collected and collated by Comhairle na nOspidéal. On 1st January, 2005, there were 1,947 approved permanent consultant posts and 4,170 approved nonconsultant hospital doctors (NCHD) in the public sector in Ireland.
This is a net increase of 123 consultant posts (6.7%) on last year's figure and, therefore, represents the largest number of additional consultant posts ever approved in a single year. This continues the trend of significant increases in the numbers of consultant posts approved for Irish hospitals in recent years. For example, 507 additional posts have been approved in the past 5 years compared with 224 in the previous 5 years.