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€105k > 175
Salary Range
(thousands per year)*
€105 - 175
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Salary relating to all HSE Consultants:
Type A consultants: 127,000 to 175,000
Type B salaries: 120,000 to 157,000
Type C salaries: 105,000 to 134,000
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Last Updated: June, 2017

* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.
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Doctors, Psychiatrists & Other Medical Practitioners

Also included in this category:

General practitioners; medical practitioners; house officers (hospital); registrars (hospital); consultants (hospital); surgeons; psychiatrists.

Number Employed:


Part time workers: 13%
Male / Female: 55 / 45%
Non-Nationals: 18%
With Third Level: 100%
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A fully qualified medical doctor who specialises in treating people with cancer.

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A consultant medical doctor who specialises in treating cancer patients using radiotherapy is known as a Radiation Oncologist. He/she usually heads up a team of doctors.

Radiation oncologists utilise radiotherapy, chemotherapy, hormone therapy, radioactive isotopes and other special techniques to treat patients with cancer.

Radiation oncology is one of the three primary specialties, the other two being surgical and medical oncology, involved in the treatment of cancer. A Medical Oncologist is a consultant medical doctor who specialises in treating cancer using chemotherapy and biological therapy.

Radiation oncologists work in a multidisciplinary environment with other physicians such as surgical oncologists, interventional radiologists, internal medicine subspecialists, and medical oncologists, as well as with other non-medical professionals such as medical physicists and radiation therapists.

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The Training Pathway to becoming a Radiation Oncologist is :

Medical School, followed by an Internship Year and then 2 years clinical experience, followed by Higher Specialist Training in Radiation Oncology.

Last Updated: October, 2017

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Organisation: Irish Medical Council
Address: Kingram House, Kingram Place, Dublin, 2
Tel: (01) 498 3100
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