Many German medical specialists to fly to London for a few days at a time to do nixer operations in London hospitals. They are attracted by fees that are very high compared to pay in Germany.I'd read in an international survey that their pay averaged about €70,000 a year, a fraction of the princely pay of €200,000 plus on offer to consultants here in contract negotiations. I wasn't quite sure if I could fully believe the German pay figure until today's Irish Times article by the German ambassador,Christian Pauls "I regret any misunderstandings" roughly confirmed it:
"...the minister for health's offer of €200,000 per year and a possible additional €20,000 as "Mickey Mouse money". The listeners probably laughed in amazement. It is well known that more than a few senior doctors in German hospitals would be happy to earn one third of the stated amount."
Maybe hospitals short of medical specialists and with long waiting lists could persuade the Germans to fly an extra hour or two to work in Irish hospitals and clear up the backlogs.
If Polish plumbers,English executives and French call centre workers are happy to work here,why not German medical specialists? Is there some contractual commitment between the HSE and the Irish medical specialists that prevents this free movement of skills,even though EU doctors are qualified to work across the EU?