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A&E consultant appointment could take another six months

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AN ACCIDENT and Emergency consultant may not be employed at the Princess Elizabeth Hospital for another six months.

Health and Social Services agreed to appoint someone to the role following a recommendation made in a highly critical review of the service.

But the department has warned the process of taking on a consultant could take another six months due to interviews and the chosen candidate's notice period.

'The HSSD board decided to appoint an Accident and Emergency consultant in July 2013, and set the process in motion immediately,' said a spokesman.

'While HSSD will of course seek to appoint at the earliest possible opportunity, the department anticipates that the process is likely to take another six months, taking into account interviews and the chosen candidate's notice period.'

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