Being a rheumatologist is frustrating at the moment, according to one of the country’s top consultants. Dr. Paul G. O’Connell, Consultant in Rheumatology and General Medicine at Beaumont Hospital says that doctors have to make difficult choices all the time about who to prioritise and who must wait. Read what he has to say here.
“Being a rheumatologist at the moment is very frustrating as one has to make difficult choices all the time as to who to prioritise and who is unfortunately likely to be on a long waiting list. In Beaumont we have not had a new rheumatology consultant post since the year 2000. That is now over 15 years! During that time the Dublin North East area has grown in population hugely. We have not had a new nursing post in that time either and the work-load on our nurses due to the new medications (which have made a wonderful difference) has gone up hugely. We often do feel at breaking point here and really are struggling to keep our service going.”
Paul G. O’Connell, MB, FRCPI Consultant in Rheumatology and General Medicine, Beaumont Hospital