Recently I spoke with the Minster for Defence in the Dáil chamber.
Approximately one-third or 30% of medical officer posts are vacant at the moment. There is carnage in the Medical Corps as a result of this high proportion of vacancies.
Also, I was particularly concerned about the news from Syria over the past few weeks where, during a window of five or six weeks, there was no Medical Corps officer available. This is unprecedented in Irish peacekeeping history.
It is essential that doctors in the Medical Corps are paid at least on par with other uniformed services in the public service.