Radiology and pathology consultants earn up to €100,000 a year and can work for large companies and hospitals.
They are highly regarded in Ireland for their dedication and knowledge of their clients’ conditions.
In 2018, they earned an average salary of €110,500, according to a report published by the World Health Organization.
The report also said that in the past decade, the number of consultants working for Ireland’s hospitals had increased from about 10 to over 70,000.
In 2017, the report said, about a third of the total number of radiologists working in Ireland were working in Dublin, Cork and Waterford.
The number of Radiology Consultants in Ireland increased from 12,000 in 2015 to more than 20,000, according the Irish Association of Radiologists.
The total number is expected to increase to around 30,000 by 2020.
The Irish Association for Radiography (IAAR) said it welcomed the introduction of new rules, such as an annual review of the salaries of radiography consultants.
IAR President Paul McGrath said the increased number of radiology doctors had helped to increase the quality of work being done.
“This is a great development, which means more radiographers are available for our patients,” he said.
He said there were also concerns about the increased workload of the consultants, especially when they are needed in more complex and complex circumstances.
“We have seen this with our colleagues in the City of Cork who work in a building that is often more complex than it needs and they are getting to a stage where they are taking on too much time,” he added.
In some cases, there are concerns about their safety, Mr McGrath added.
He urged the Government to increase funding to improve safety standards and to allow more staff to be recruited from outside the UK.
The IRB said the increase in numbers of radiographers would help improve quality of radiotherapy and would help to bring the cost of treating patients into line with the rest of the health sector.
The Government will announce new rules to increase radiographers’ safety and security.
In December 2018, a review of current radiology procedures was published by Ireland’s Department of Health.
The review, published in January 2019, found that the majority of patients had an adequate level of care, but that some patients had received unnecessary or inappropriate care.
The Department said it was working with hospitals, GP practices, primary care and radiologists to ensure patients were getting the best care and there was no duplication in care.
The department said that there was a need for increased funding to meet the requirements of radiological specialists.
A further review is due to be published in 2019.