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IMO calls OECD pay report “misleading and unhelpful”

“If the OECD is to be believed, Ireland is the only country in the world where doctors are running away to find lower paid jobs overseas,” said union president Dr Ray Walley.

The IMO claimed that the OECD figures didn’t compare like-with-like and their publication would exacerbate the difficulties of solving the shortage of doctors in our health services.

“If the OECD is to be believed, Ireland is the only country in the world where doctors are running away to find lower paid jobs overseas,” said Dr Walley.

“When the facts don’t match the reality on the ground, the OECD needs to re-evaluate its methodology and the facts in this instance simply do not match the reality on the ground.”

Dr Walley said the figures from the UK, France and Germany which include doctors in training thus leading to a significantly lower average pay level. He also noted that the report does not take into account any additional payments available in other countries such as supports or allowances.

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