The Saolta Hospital Group is in the process of holding interviews for additional consultants at Roscommon Hospital.

Roscommon Independent TD Denis Naughten says this is a result of the investment he secured for the hospital in Budget 2018.

One of the positions is a new full-time permanent Consultant Physician post with 32 hours per week based at Roscommon Hospital and a further seven hours per week based at Galway University Hospital which allows the consultant to access treatment services at all local hospitals.

Deputy Naughten says this investment in consultant staff is a very positive development for Roscommon Hospital and will allow for the expansion of local medical services but the important issue now is to secure suitably qualified candidates for the positions.

This has been a challenge across the HSE in recent years with up to one-third of consultant posts not being filled.

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